I have been a T1D for 25 yrs. and I'm 30 yrs. old. I have 2 complications. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with the early stages of kidney disease. I have been taking a pill to control the progression of kidney disease and things have stayed the same, no news is good news, right?! In Jan. 2009 I had a mini stroke because of my diabetes. That was an eye opening experience for me being young, going through that experience was heart wrenching. The thing I've learned about my complications is that I've got to keep living or I'll just fall apart. It is very important to take the best care of your diabetes as you can it may help prolong (possibily prevent some) complications. I pay close attention to my feet, luckily I have no severe issues there yet. Everytime I shower I put lotion on my feet, keep nails at a "safe" length, I NEVER go bare foot, check for redness and sore spots as directed by my doctor. I only wear new balance (NB) wide tennis shoes because basic width is too tight for me, just in the last year I noticed it. Another NB positive is that there is alot of room in the toe box, can help prevent ingrown toenails, ouch (had toe surgery 5 times). I wear crocs alot also they're very roomy, although many people think they're ugly, I don't and I LOVE them ! I have 19 different types from the clogs to ballerina flats, wedge sandals, heels (3in), boots, slides you get the point, I have alot lol. Very rarely do I wear flip flops anymore they kill my feet. The things I mentioned above are things I do to protect my feet and may not work for you. Take care of yourself, your future depends on it. Good Luck.