[quote user="Jonathan Clark"]
I agree with Michael's response. I thought I saw at one time a statistic where about 80% of type 1 diabetics will develop some complications due to the disease sometime in their life. Yes better control can help reduce complications, but I don't believe good control will ever eliminate complications. The longer you have D, the more chances of you having even brief highs, will increase vascular problems which are the root cause of most of our complications; kidney, eye, and appendage problems.
I don't like looking thru filtered glasses when I am looking at life, tell me how it is, and deal with it.
I am not disagreeing with that part. I know that one day I'll probably end up with a complication, but choosing to focus solely on that would crush my personal will to take care of my diabetes. Personally, I choose to believe I'll live a long life instead of choosing to focus on figuring out what complications I'm going to get down the road because I'm not able to have "ideal" control(or even if I was able). if i focused on the fact i'm "suppose" to die young, "suppose" to be ill for the rest of my life..i would've probably off'ed myself years ago.
to me, telling someone they are an idiot for wishing to focus on the positives to get through day to day life, rather than the negatives, is a little much.
yes, we need to know that one day a complication could arise for each of us in one way or another. do we need to focus on it daily? dwell on that fact? or do we need to live our lives the best we can TODAY, do our best TODAY to feel/be healthy in this every moment?
while i hardly think there will be a cure one day, or that insulin in a cure..i don't think it's necessary to pity ourselves for what will happen in the future regardless of how hard we try..because how many of us would still try?