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The significance of a romantic relationship is emphasised in diabetes

A romantic relationship is often an adult's closest and most significant human connection, and empathy from a partner in both joys and sorrows is commonly expected. When diabetes becomes part of the relationship, these expectations may become even more pronounced.

A romantic relationship is between adults, but the relationship itself can be seen as one party to the relationship. The interaction between partners, as well as the physical and emotional connection, form this party, that is, the relationship. By strengthening interaction and connection, the relationship itself is also strengthened. This party of the relationship can act as a support during the crisis of illness and when either or both partners need support. A functioning relationship is like a backup power source.

A functioning relationship enhances well-being in many ways. In a trusting atmosphere, it is possible to share feelings caused by the illness, such as fear, disappointments, or sadness, as well as to rejoice together in good news. At its best, a relationship acts as a safe haven and a place of rest when challenged by the difficulties that come with illness. Research indicates that support from a partner also facilitates achieving care balance in diabetes, supports the ability and stamina of the person to manage their care, and enhances the psychological well-being of both partners. Support from a partner is often truly meaningful.

On the other hand, if the relationship is contentious and unequal, it in itself consumes a lot of resources. The additional burden brought by illness and an unsatisfactory relationship can together be too heavy a load. Therefore, it is important to seek help for relationship difficulties early enough.