My biggest struggles in life have been balancing the care my family and friends have shown me by questioning what I am eating, why I am bolusing, and how I choose to exercise/not exercise. Who are they and what right do they have to tell me? Well, they are the people that love me. My wife still is aggravated about how obstinate I am when hypoglycemic, and yes, I am obstinate. One time I wasn't obstinate, because I was trying not to be, and I kept pestering her, "I was good wasn't I? I didn't fight you, did I? Did I?" As for friends, I certainly hear you and remember my own friends, saying thing like, "Should YOU really be eating those chips/crackers/ice creams?" with such impudence that you feel like you are being forced to explain yourself. And why to explain ourselves? Like some accused trying to plead a case? My only suggestion is that you approach your two friends when your sugar comes back up with your endocrinologist's favorite diagrams and literature and start simply by saying, "I understand my disease, but I believe you don't. Let me take the time to explain it to you." Then start explaining the history, the current approaches involving pumps, carb counting, etc, and then possible routes to the cure and prevention. Their brains may be so blitzed by the time you real the word hemoglobin A1c, that they won't ever bring it up again, or if not, then they are good friends that really care about you and will grow to try and understand even better....Hopefully.