TEEN TOPIC # 72:  How do you handle dates or dating? Do you tell your date or boy/girlfriend about your diabetes?  Do your dates/significant others help you with your diabetes at all?


Annelies (age 15)
I think it’s important that your date/partner is informed that you have diabetes, as should anyone else that’s important to you. Just be open and honest about it, and answer any questions if there are any.

Andrew (age 15)
When handling dating with diabetes I don’t take anything too seriously. I do tell whoever I’m dating that I am a diabetic, but I also tell them being diabetic is not that big of a deal and I can handle being one. I find that it’s important to reassure them that you’re ok despite having diabetes. When it comes to my date helping me with my diabetes, it’s usually reminding me to bolus or test if I’m eating or going to the movies.

Ashley C. (age 16)
If I’m dating someone I tell them about my diabetes because, they tend to be helpful with it. I’ll tell them what I might look like when I’m low or high and sometimes they’ll realize it before I realize it so it’s very helpful.

Cameron (age 18)
I’ve had a girlfriend for almost a year and a half and she had already known about my diabetes before we started dating. She doesn’t really help me with it at all. The only time she will help is grabbing me something to eat or drink when I’m low. Also, she will drive for me if we are out and about if my blood sugar happens to go low.

Caroline (age 15)
I don’t date.

Christina (age 15)
I’ve never had a boyfriend, so I can’t really answer this question. I do hope that when I do go on a date I will be open about my diabetes because I have gotten a lot more comfortable about not hiding my condition from others (like classmates and such).

Claire (age 18)
I handle dating and things like that like I would with any other normal person who’s curious about my disease. I tell them I have T1D, and then if they have questions, which they usually do, I answer with detailed responses so they don’t get confused. Typically my SO helps as much as they can, but in the end it’s my disease and my problem, and I try not to involve them too much, especially if they’re afraid of needles, which a lot of them tend to be.

Erin (age 17)
I do not have a significant other or how teens say S/o currently. Going off my personality, I’m upfront on my diabetes after I start to get to know someone so if I was dating I would tell them on the 2nd date or 3rd. Handling diabetes on the date would depend what we are doing. As far as a significant other helping with my diabetes, and taking in my personality of being on top of my disease, unless I asked/needed the help I would just appreciate them being a support and understanding the ups/downs that diabetes can present sometime.

Haley (age 14)
I’m not “dating” right now, but I would let guys I’m talking to know about my diabetes at some point and I would hope they would want to do whatever they could to help me out if I needed something. Otherwise, I definitely wouldn’t date them!

Jordan (age 18)
My girlfriend is really good about helping me with my diabetes if I need help, like carrying my tester or glucose in her purse, and driving if I feel low, but other than that, diabetes shouldn’t be something that gets in the way of dates.  If you need to test just tell them what is going on and you’re all set.

Julia (age 15)
I always make sure my date or boyfriend knows about my diabetes. I just do the same things I would always do dealing with diabetes. And yes, they often help or try to do everything they can to help me.

Laura (age 17)
My boyfriend is very supportive of me, and tries his best to help me in any way when it comes to handling my diabetes. Relationships prior to this I would keep my diabetes sort of a secret, or on the down-low. Now I try to teach my significant other as much as possible, including how to make pod changes, give shots, and what to do in case of an emergency.

Maggie (age 16)
I have not dated anyone yet but all my friends know about my diabetes and how to handle it when I go out with them. When I am in a relationship I do plan on telling my boyfriend and teaching him how to take care of me.

Skylyn (age 16)
I have been dating my boyfriend for over 6 months and since the beginning, he has helped me with my diabetes and really just been there for me with it. He’ll ask if I have bolused for my food after dinner. He also asks if I’m feeling alright, not low at all. We were friends before we started dating so he has known about my diabetes pretty much the whole time he’s known me. As far as “handling” my diabetes, everything’s fine; like I’m not afraid to test in front of him or anything.




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