Wednesday 14 April 2021

Critical Health Conditions You Should Share with your Spouse for Healthy Living

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Every year many couples are faced with a series of life-changing illnesses and new diagnoses. Talk of asthma, diabetes, heart failure, HIV/AIDS, kidney dysfunction, among other chronic diseases. With such conditions, it would be better if your partner is aware of your situation- so that they can provide all the necessary support required.

When you reveal your health status to people who are closest to you, you stand the best chance of recovering from your condition and leading a healthy life. In this article, we discuss some of the critical health conditions along with the reasons why you should share your health status with your spouse for a healthy, happy, lifestyle.

  1. When you are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS

Disclosing your HIV status can be daunting and sometimes prove to be a source of anxiety. However, it can positively impact some married couples on their ability to live a healthier life, primarily when the information is provided before another partner is infected.

Why should you tell your partner you’re HIV positive?

Apart from being a law in many states that demands you tell your partner if you’re HIV positive, disclosing your status to your spouse would help prevent them from infections. And that means you care about them.

Secondly, it can be a source of support for your better life. 

How’s that? People who are recently diagnosed with HIV may find it hard to start HIV treatment. Most spouses would help you manage your status by encouraging treatment and supporting your medication adherence through sharing. Also, they can ensure you have a proper diet.

  1. When you have Heart disease

According Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is also known as ischemic heart disease is the most common one. 

It occurs when the blood vessel supplying blood to the heart is narrowed. Still, there are high chances of chest pains, heart failure, and arrhythmias if CAD is not treated.

Now, here is why your spouse must know you have heart disease;

It's obvious news that your partner is diagnosed with heart disease can be scary. But on the better side, revealing to them would be the best thing since they will be aware of what they are into. 

Besides surgery, doctors might recommend treating heart disease like CAD with lifestyle changes, such as being physically active, maintaining a balanced diet, ensuring weight loss, and limiting alcohol intake. All of which you'll need support from your partner. 

Such heart conditions can get so chronic and it's important to let your partner understand your health status for financial and emotional support. 

  1. When diagnosed with Cancer 

Cancer is one of the topmost killer diseases in the world that can start anywhere in the body. Besides, there are different types of cancer such as respiratory cancers, brain cancer, breast cancer et al.

Why is it important to disclose that you have Cancer?

To help build a positive support system- as a cancer patient, you may be having your fear and anxiety about cancer. However, through sharing, you enjoy the emotional and practical support from your spouse or family. 

Most importantly, sharing ensures your spouse's mental preparedness- For instance, Cancer treatment can prove costly depending on the detection stage. That means you’ll need to be supported throughout your treatment. 

Thus, honest disclosure of the diagnosis may lead to improved outcomes. Your spouse can gather the various resources you need for your treatment, whether financial, moral, or psychological help.

  1. When diagnosed with diabetes

With diabetes, there are some care routines or lifelong responsibilities that you must strictly follow. That makes it very essential to discuss your condition with your spouse and family. 

When your spouse knows your conditions, they can easily manage the highs and the lows of the medical emergency that may arise. They can always call for emergency assistance whenever necessary and help you avoid complications.

Moreover, disclosing your diabetes condition to your spouse would ensure the risk factors are reduced and the severity of the symptoms are controlled. They could add more fiber into your diet to help control your blood sugar and even help you do some regular exercises for a better health.

  1. Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

This is a progressive brain disease that interrupts normal mental function or slowly destroys one’s memory.

In other words, it's a disease that affects one's thinking and reasoning skills or ability to handle simple tasks. 

Why should you let your spouse know about your dementia condition?

Among the vital things to help reduce your risk of dementia spread is maintaining a heart-healthy diet. Therefore, when your spouse knows your condition, it would help them provide the diet that reduces the complications. Such as a diet full of fruits and vegetables, low in saturated fats from meat or dairy.

Besides, dementia would not change your need for love and affection; thus, your spouse or loved ones will ensure you take your drugs per doctor's prescriptions. They can help manage your entire situation without feeling neglected.

In addition to the earlier mentioned health conditions, you must also ensure you make your partner aware in case you have other Sexually Transmitted Infections. You don’t want to face the lawsuits that address the transmission of STDs to an un-consenting person.


Starting marriage relationships can be fun and exciting. However, maintaining them requires honesty and sincere disclosure of one’s health conditions. There are several health conditions that spouses must share. For instance, spouses should reveal their HIV, diabetes, cancer, dementia, and heart disease to their partners, among other conditions.

Sharing your health conditions ensures that you get the necessary support to facilitate your healthy living with your partner. You'll get to receive the best diet and medical, financial, moral, and physical support, depending on your conditions.


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