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Hello Michelle, welcome to Diabetes Forum. I have read of so many young diabetics who ignored their conditions and ended uo with terrible complications. I have a friend in England who was diagnosed when she was in her teens. She refused to stop eating candy and other things she loved and she would not cooperate with taking her insulin. Her father took her to a diabetes ward at the local hospital. She saw diabetics there who were on dialysis due to kidney failure. There were also diabetics who were blind or almost blind due to eye damage caused by their diabetes. Some of the patients had amputations due to their diabetes. All of these problems were caused by the patients not taking care of their diabetes. My friend was so frightened by what she saw and she immediately started taking good care of herself. She has now lived 50 years with her diabetes and she has never had any complications.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1945 when I was 6. My mother took good care of me and I continued that care in my later life. Now I am 69 and I have lived with my diabetes for 63 years. I have no complications at this time. I hope your friend reads this message and realizes he can have a long, healthy life but ONLY if he takes very good care of himself and visits his endocrinologist on a regular basis. Good luck to both of you!

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