Rukio: Why are you asking these questions on this board? You have a board of vegans and vegetarians for support, right? So why ask a group of diabetics and their parents? If the question is, is being a vegan specifically bad for diabetics, the answer is no. I was vegan at diagnosis and my health team then and since has continually said that being a vegan is not a bad thing for a diabetic, and may be a good thing, except that in the hospital it is inconvenient. I became a vegan at eleven. I did it because I wanted to. I didn't ask anybody about it; in fact I had never met a vegan at that point. I had learned the word in class, from a teacher who had said how weird it was and how impossible. People accepted that I was becoming a vegan even though it seemed truly bizarre to them because I had no doubts about it whatsoever. If you are going to become a vegan while you are still a preteen, then you need to be really sure. Because sometimes it will mean that you will need to cook for yourself or go hungry, that people will make fun of you, and so forth (and if you were a guy, the teasing would be double!). If you're not sure, it will be no fun. Many adults become vegans or vegetarians with support from their friends and community, and that helps them. For a child to become vegan in a family of meat eaters requires that the person be very very resolute.