It was way back in 1980, my doctor for a routine check found that my fasting sugar was 123 and he declared I am diabetic ( the doctor knew that my family is diabetic). With a small dose of medicine my fasting blood sugar was back to 90. But I did take my doctor seriously. With an aim to maintain 'fair control' ( not good control mind you) of my diabetes after 33 years now I take two insulin shots, (5units Lanthus + 10 units Normolip and 500 Glycomet 2); I keep my blood sugar level between 130 - 180 but on festive occasions it does go up to 200+ and the control is still Fair. What I have done is change my lifestyle ( no smoking since the age of 40, no drinking since 45) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like an office clerk and dinner like a pauper. Break down three meals to five each day. But my nerves are shot, pain and bad bowel movement is the result. I do not take pain killers, manage by increasing the pain threshold, take as much of the fiber I can, and do Pranayam. And meditation. In totality, I think I am better off now at 77 than when I was 54. Removal of Cataract ( of both the eyes at 60), fix up my crumbling teeth by capping ( at 70 ) and a double bypass heart surgery at 74 about summarizes my medical history. The moral is "as you age body will wear and tear" with or without diabetes, repair these damaged best you can and open your mind to the beauty of God's creation.