6 Ways to Connect Better with Your Spouse if You Have Diabetes
Your marriage can be a “secret weapon” that supports your efforts to take care of your diabetes, research shows. For instance, in one 2015 study of 129 people with type 2 diabetes, researchers from the University of California, Irvine, found that having a supportive spouse helped keep blood sugar from soaring to unhealthy levels in those whose diabetes was most affected by stress. And in a 2001 study from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center of 78 people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, those who were the happiest with their marriage were also the most satisfied with the way they were handling their diabetes.
Your spouse only wants the best for you, of course. But too often, stress , worry, misunderstandings and even unintended sabotage – can get in the way. These strategies can help you get the support you need from your spouse and defuse tensions, so the two of you can work together to keep your diabetes under control:
#1. Share a goal that’s bigger than diabetes. Talk about important future dreams and goals you can reach if you’re both healthy. A shared vision can keep you both feeling inspired, according to a 2009 Pennsylvania State University study of 30 people with diabetes and their spouses. Many said that finding a motivation that was important to both of them kept them exercising, for example. “I have one goal in life and that is to have our 50th wedding anniversary,” one volunteer said, noting that the goal kept both partners exercising regularly. “So I do not care what happens in between but we have to get to that goal.” Anoth Continue reading