it's not my nature (or habit) to speak publicly about my diabetes, but after 50 years i figure it's ok to bend some rules. i am 51 years old and was DX at 10 months. i have no complications and have never been to the hospital for a diabetes-related problem in my life (aside from the first time). i am actually healthier and fitter than 95 percent of people on the street. weirdly, i'm convinced diabetes is the reason. i cover the white house as a reporter and in my space time referee high level soccer (including college. for those who don't know, each games requires 4-6 miles of serious running). nobody knows i'm diabetic except my wife, kids and doctor. I tell no one. never have; never will. my point is that people moan about how difficult diabetes is. and yes, it is. but it has never kept me from doing anything, including going to iraq and other harsh places. life can full and fun and healthy. i'd be curious to hear other people's opinion in this regard.