I can only add to the previous posts that I am a father of two teenagers (17 and 13) and was diagnosed about 20 years ago. It helps that I have an academic background in biochemical physiology; but as pointed out before, knowing what goes on in your body does not necessarily mean that you can keep everything under control all the time. That is the stubborn randomness of biology.
For me, being physically active and trying to live as healthy as is reasonably possible (without denying myself any treats, like a cookie or something like that) is the best way to manage my diabetes. I find that, if my blood glucose levels remain in the “normal” range, I feel the best and the most energetic, which makes it easier to deal with all the other things that life throws at you. It can be cumbersome and daunting to have to take care of yourself like this every day, 365 days per year, but it pays back to try to do the best you can.
I also realized that the consistency and structure that living with diabetes demands of me is actually not a limitation, but forced me to live a healthy and active lifestyle that by now allows me to do things that I never imagined were even possible before I was diagnosed.
Hope this encourages you to approach your struggles in the most optimistic way and that you will find support here and among your friends and family. Take good care of yourself and thrive with diabetes!
Dr. Dennis Van Hoof, PhD, CLC