Dennis had been at a loss for words since finding out about Susan’s diagnosis.

He was ashamed to say that he had not called her in three days. Although we may not be in the position to give him an answer as to whether or not he should date Susan, what kind of relationship advice might be helpful in this situation?

While the helicopter boyfriend or girlfriend hovers and becomes overbearing, the Hands-Off Harry or Hillary seems to be pretending that it’s business as usual.

This type of mate seems to be under the impression that their loved one doesn’t have diabetes. They may not understand the severe consequences that uncontrolled diabetes can have.

The partner feels that he or she is helping with their partner’s diabetes, but they do not feel an overwhelming need to take over the care of their loved one.

When a person with diabetes takes an active role in managing their diabetes, and are coping with their chronic condition, they make it easier to be cared for in a relationship.

Primary care providers would serve a patient better by examining the dynamics of their relationships, and providing referrals and interventions that serve to nurture these relationships.

The end result would be better self-management of diabetes where support is enhanced.We received another inquiry here at The Diabetes Council. She said that Dennis said we had some good points, and recommended that she contact us.She wanted to know if she should date Dennis because she has diabetes and if so, how could they have a healthy relationship.As with many other situations in life, you cannot make the other person do what you want them to do.You can only ask, and hope that they will come around to supporting you.Whatever their reason for being completely hands off, these partners don’t offer much in the way of support.