What to tell friends

For people who don't have diabetes, it can be hard to understand what it is. They don’t really know why you have to be careful what you eat, when you eat, and why you have to have injections. If they don’t know that you have diabetes, it might seem a little strange to them that you have to do some things that they don’t.

If you want your friends to understand you, you should tell them about your diabetes. You can tell them that they won't get diabetes from you, because it is not a contagious thing like the flu. It might also be good for them to know that you sometimes might act a little strange because of your diabetes. If you act tired or annoyed, for example, it may be because you need food or insulin and not because you suddenly don’t like them.

They also need to know to call your parents or any other grown-up if you suddenly get ill.

They ought to know that you cannot eat and drink the same sweet things as they can. Because you have diabetes, you have to be more careful about how much sugar you eat.

Apart from this, you can play and do all the sports you want, just as they can. In fact, the only difference between them and you is that you have to be a little more careful about some things.