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Help for an Overbearing Spouse?


A diabetes expert shares some advice.

How can I get my husband to stop nagging me about my blood sugar?

A study supported by the Diabetes Canada found that many people with diabetes feel “alone” or like they “do not have emotional support.” Your husband’s “nagging” likely comes from a place of concern, which means you’re already at a great starting point: He wants to support you. What you need is help to work as a team. 

Consider going together to see a certified diabetes educator. Your spouse may be relieved to find that managing diabetes is about averages, like your A1C levels, not individual blood glucose readings or the carb count of every single meal. As you know, perfection is not attainable when it comes to these factors. On the other hand, if his concerns about your health are valid, you can learn together how you might improve your averages. At the very least, you’ll both have the facts about diabetes and diabetes self-management.

Lastly, consider family counseling. Unresolved stress impacts diabetes and your overall health, too.

Published on March 18, 2015.

— Advice by Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE. Lorena is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and consultant. She is the author of Beyond Rice and Beans: The Caribbean Guide to Eating Well with Diabetes.

Reviewed by Nora Saul, MS, RD, LDN, CDE on January 11, 2015.
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