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Stay Sweet on a Sugar-Free Date

Most people find dates highly tedious. In order to make a good impression, you put your best foot forward, use the best hair products, dress up to the nines, and, of course, pump up pockets with dough (or credit cards). These scenarios apply to normal people. How about people with diabetes?

From the onset, things could go a little bit rough on the road with all the frantic precautions and limitations set by the medical condition. And what’s more concerning will be the case of the nondiabetic dating the diabetic, holding both pressures all at once.

Although this is the case, this doesn’t mean diabetics and their dates could not enjoy just as much as others do. Here’s a quick run-through of things to do.

Knowledge is power
Before delving deep down into the well, better know what’s in store for you. It’s very important to recognize the fact that you or your date has a medical condition that needs attention. Inform your dates ahead of time about having diabetes so they could have the foresight of probable situations that could transpire.

Lucky you if you have been dating while under all the diabetic circumstances, but for first-timers, things could be tough. In such cases, brushing up on basic layman information on diabetes would surely help a lot. These efforts mirror much of you or your date being prepared and thoughtful simultaneously.

If you’re having trouble comprehending medical jargon, better consult your friendliest nurse or doctor to shed light on the facts. Never assume notions that are not your cup of tea.

Be the knight in shining armor
Considering your date’s condition, a weight of chivalrous gestures would surely be worth carrying. Of course, once you nailed understanding the key concepts of diabetes mellitus, coursing through your etiquettes will be a piece of cake. Because of the information you have, you will know the dos and don’ts for your date, what could be impressive, or what could be offensive.

Show courtesy by not purposely teasing your date with foods they probably shouldn’t eat. It’s highly impolite to eat sweets in front of a diabetic while waving them in their face saying: “I know you want it!” or “You can’t have this!” Also, do not get irked or poke fun at what diabetics order at the counter or if they don’t order at all. The last thing they need is getting mocked for their diet.

Be sensitive, but don’t go over the top. Just take your date’s lead whether he or she would like to talk about his or her condition.

The last thing some people with diabetes want is to be reminded of their disease. Halt from being preachy regarding lifestyle modification and diet. It’s a date spoiler! Surely, they’ve had doses of DM 101 from their doctors and getting more from you is not the best idea for a date.

During worst-case scenarios, never ever panic. Keep calm and composed so your brain can process the essential interventions in cases of emergency.

Plan ahead
Prep up all vital necessities for your date. Besides the usual dating ammos, it’s best for the diabetic to have a handy glucometer kit and a choice of “uppers” (liquefied simple sugars are the best). In times of hypoglycemia, subscribe to the “15/15 rule” – eat 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrate (either glucose tablets or juice), wait 15 minutes, then check your blood glucose again. If it’s still low, repeat.

It’s also a good step to plan your activities for the whole duration of the date. Once you do, be sure to insert snack times in between to avoid your sweetie’s sugar from hitting low.

As for the nondiabetic, keep track of your date’s medications as well and make sure they are taken right on schedule. Evade changing plans abruptly. With their modified diet and drug regimens, diabetics need to be disciplined when it comes to sticking to itineraries.

Stay away from the woods
Don’t bite off more than you can chew and that’s on both literal and figurative accounts. For example, when cooking for a diabetic date, ask them which ones they would like to eat. Keep an eye on the ingredients and count the carbohydrates and sugars you use and let your date know about it. Give your date ample choices.

If the diabetic follows a modified diet, politely request for the recipes so you’d have no qualms on what to set on the dining table.

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