Dating and Type 1 Diabetes
When it comes to telling a date about one's diabetes, there's no one "right
answer" that will work all the time. But what follows are some things to consider
and a few tips for handling the situation.
- Dining. If a date knows that he or she is seeing someone with diabetes, it
may be easier and less awkward to stick with a healthy meal plan
- Low blood sugar. If a low blood sugar episode occurs on a date, is there
a plan for dealing with it?
- Testing, adjustments, or injections. Check in advance to see if there is
a private place to test blood sugar, adjust a pump, or give an injection while out
- Physical activity. An active date is a great idea. But if the date involves
playing tennis, taking a hike, or any other rigorous physical activity, it needs
to be planned for. Will it be possible to check blood sugar
more frequently? Is there a plan for the increased chance of low blood sugar?
Whether or not you, or the person you care for, feel comfortable talking about diabetes
right away, a little planning can help make it easier to be discreet.
- Be prepared. Test blood sugar before going out. Have emergency snacks or
glucose tablets in a pocket or purse. And don't go too long without having a snack
- Be ready to adjust or inject. Plan out insulin dosing in advance
- Stay minty-fresh. High blood sugar levels (250 mg/dL or higher) can cause
an unwanted "fruity" breath odor
- Beware of alcohol. Alcohol can quickly
decrease blood sugar, which creates the risk for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Even for people of legal age, it's still best to avoid alcohol