Diabetes and Marriage: Tips for a Happier Marriage
Marriage is tough on its own. It’s a part of the human experience.
And like any successful partnership, marriage is measurable by the good times and the trying times. Every obstacle you have to face with your partner strengthens the relationship and each other. Having a partner with diabetes is no different.
While type 2 diabetes is linked with intimacy issues, like erectile dysfunction or post-menopausal changes in sex drive, many marriages have weathered a diabetes diagnosis.
This article will show you how living with diabetes does not have to be a roadblock to marital success.
While most of these tips for a happier marriage with diabetes are easier to follow if you know your own or your partner's diagnosis pre-marriage, many people are diagnosed with diabetes later in life due to poor diets, unhealthy lifestyles, or even genetic bad luck.
Managing Diabetes Together
As a singular unit, married couples need to work together to manage the symptoms of diabetes, regardless of whether only one partner is going through diabetes or if both partners do.
Managing diabetes and its effects on relationships means knowing, for both you and your partner, how to:
- Schedule regular exercise
- Know your blood sugar levels and target vital signs
- Know your treatment plans
- Stay low-stress
- Stay hydrated and consuming a healthy diet
It is easier to manage diabetes when your partner is supporting you and has a similar lifestyle. For example, a strict diet is more comfortable to follow when both partners eat healthy foods together, rather than if the non-diabetic partner eats fried chicken.
Remember, a diabetic partner may only be able to eat salads and natural fats and may feel left out if you are eating more ‘fun’ junk foods. Try and be empathetic when it comes to what you eat in front of your diabetic partner.
Emotional Support: Silent But Necessary
Everyone needs emotional support from time to time. Some people need more vocal support, more frequently. That is fine. We are all different, and we all have different emotional needs.
Diabetes, or any long-term health condition, requires patience and understanding. Loving a partner with diabetes means that he or she will have a slightly different lifestyle and may not be able to do certain activities with you, like grabbing a large fruit smoothie after every workout.
Frequent Updates With Your Partner
Life doesn't always go to plan. Things change, priorities change, and diabetes stressors change. Change is okay and normal. Whether you or your partner have diabetes, you need to remain committed to each other and communicate as much as necessary.
Frequently updating your partner regarding your diabetes will mitigate any issues you may encounter, like picking up insulin from the pharmacy or shopping for the both of you at a grocery store.
Updating your partner might seem like common sense, but this is one of many essential tips to ensure a good marriage, even without a diabetes diagnosis.
Creating a Thriving Marriage With Diabetes
The combination of diabetes and marriage is not without its highs and lows, but you can get through it together.
Does diabetes affect marriage? Yes, of course, but diabetes is just one more adventure you and your partner will share over a lifetime of memories.
Are you interested in learning more about how other diabetics approach marriage challenges? We suggest you join our Winning Type 2 Diabetes Together community to discover new strategies you can use to improve communication and understanding in your relationship.
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