I was diagnosed T1 45 years ago at age 13. I am a recovering diabetic.
Armed with little information on my disease, and a prognosis of a short life, I managed to nearly destroy myself by 25. Kidney issues are the only diabetes complicaton I am aware of that I have not had to deal with.
Given this poor start, I have halted the progression of retinopathy (at the cost of one eye), reversed severe atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease, improved peripheral neuropathy and recovered from a Charcot fracture. All of this is the result of self education to become as knowlegable, and often more knowlegable, than my physicians. It also required much better BG control, exercise and a few well researched supplements.
I am physically active, ride horses for leg exercise and mental health, still employed (MUST HAVE INSURNACE), travel internationally, and finally started on a pump (Omnipod) about a year ago.
I also have had Dupuytren's contracture in several fingers, but that I attribute the Vikings in my ancestry, not the diabetes.
I am pleased to see most here state that they have few complications. For the rest of us, recovery is the goal.