I have Type 1 diabetes and have had it for 34 years. First, you MUST test yourself at least 4 times a day. That was my biggest downfall because your body can fool you. You may feel fine but your blood sugars may be high, especially when you first get it. After years, I can feel almost immediately when my sugars go too high. The second biggest thing I had to learn was to BABY YOURSELF. I mean this in the sense of if you don't feel well, if you have a cold or a stomach bug, it can really be bad for a diabetic. It's must worse than for an average person. Most people can shrug it off. I learned the hard way (many hospitalizations) not to ignore that and go to work but to stay home and take care of myself. ANNUAL eye exams is a must also. Be sure you eat your meals on time so your blood sugar doesn't drop too low. And get lots of rest. It's hard in the beginning. I was 17 and just off to freshman year of college and was in denial big time. At the end of the year, I got really sick. So these may sound like small things, but they are really important. And take care of your feet and visit the dentist regularly. I wasn't told when I became a diabetic how it can affect your teeth and your gums. So to sum it all up, really care about
you! Take care of yourself and you can have a really normal long life. There will always be some complications but you can do it. If you are going to travel and run into different time zones (more than an hour or two), consult your doctor on how to adjust your insulin for that first day of travel. So, these are just some tips for you. And watch your carbs. We can have carbs but don't overdo them. They really raise your blood sugars. Ok, no more lecture. Good luck!