Young Adults with type 1

By rachaeltype1 Latest Reply 2012-07-23 08:09:59 -0500
Started 2011-02-23 11:47:07 -0600

This may seem weird, but I only personally know one person with diabetes who's around my same age. Only having one friend to relate to is kind of a bummer. anyways, what are some ways to meet people MY age? (18-29)

29 replies

rayray215 2012-07-23 02:32:40 -0500 Report

i feel u live in a very small town an only have 1 diabetic my age every one else is like 50 an older it seems theres a lot more ppl thats like 40 an up in the world with diabetes then there is ppl anywhere near my age

southchinasea 2012-04-22 15:38:45 -0500 Report

It seems like this is a more common issue than I ever thought! I'm a 20 year old type 1 and am starting to train for my first half marathon, so I've been trying to get connected with young type 1s who are also trying to manage diabetes while being extremely active. Finding blogs and support groups has made me realize that for the majority of us, it's hard to find young people who really UNDERSTAND what we're going through! I have great friends who look after me and although two of them have been as empathetic and understanding as someone can be (while not having the disease), it's nice to talk to people who really get it!

So having said that, I would love to chat with all you brave young type 1's (and especially those who are active with sports and exercise!!). I've (literally) just started a blog as well.. check it out and let me know what you think!

- Louise

Nesss 2012-01-23 09:25:05 -0600 Report

Hey I've had type 1 since I was 1 i am now 23 … And I only know one person as well my age that has it well that I'm friends with maybe is a better term … I'm new to this site but it does get easier over time it's just apart of life… Like getting up everyday and bruising your teeth … I'm more then happy to help you out or chat , I help my mate out quite a bit and after 12 years you pick up a bit :)

TexasDiabeto 2012-01-23 00:38:42 -0600 Report

I'm 20 (a few months away from 21) and I'm a Type 1 diabetic as of 1-11-11. It sucked when I found out but now I've gotten used to living with it… I'm always looking for friends with the same problem :)

roshy 2011-12-28 18:30:34 -0600 Report

its sooo sad im the only diabetty in the village too in my town!! in anyways im 23 and if ya ever want a friendly chat to someone who can relate send me an email !!! long live the world wide web!!!

mangmr 2011-12-20 03:02:18 -0600 Report

Hi! Im from mexico city so my english its not very good ok? But i want to say that im diabetic type 1 since 12 years, im 27 in this moment and i was in coma for 15 days since 6 years ago, but that coma let me meet a lot of doctor who present me many young people type 1 and believe me, its amazing how many young people are with diabetes type 1, i can undetstand you because for me at first, it was very hard and i thought that i never met people like me with my age, but now its different and if you want it, we will be friends.

northerngal 2011-04-20 11:06:19 -0500 Report

I would suggest asking your MD if you could leave a card or sign there requesting contact with others in your situation. I was always the only one anyone had ever heard of and people know NOTHING about it except the very outdated stuff they heard years ago. Anyway, Doctors can't give out names of patients, but if there is a bulletin board or sign in or near the office, then it would be that persons choice to make contact. and it might turn into a great friendship. They are out there, we just don't advertise. Good luck and keep signing into this site. Its pretty good.

MoeGig 2011-04-19 19:58:58 -0500 Report

I guess I'm not 18-29 anymore as I was in 1965 as a senior in college when first diagnosed. At the time, my focus was on learning all I could, and attended a week long teaching clinic at the Joslin Clinic where they taught me all I needed to know on how to control the disease, etc. This training class provided me with the "rite of passage" into accepting my new life style. Maybe, as a result, I didn't feel the necessity to find other Type 1 diabetics to relate to, and went back to just inter-relating with the friends I already had. I'm not minimizing the desire you have to have someone to relate to. I would have loved to have someone at that time, but I don't know how to advise you based on my experience. If I were you (or me 46 years ago), I would not change anything I did. Learn all you can about managing this thing, make sure you understand how important it is to change your life style, and keep/enhance your social circle outside the diabetes. You have to be like Herbert Philbrick and lead two (not three) separate lives. (Only people my age will get this!!)

The alternative is to end up like my cousin who got invaded with complications and died at a very young age because she refused to accept the fact of what she had to do to maintain control.

aannafred 2012-07-23 03:43:01 -0500 Report

Good advice - At 64 yrs. old I am a new type 1!! I had my Pancreaus removed due to cancer - am now cancer free (aftr surgery, chemo, etc.) and am dealing with the issues around being type 1 and being a "fragile" diabetic (blodd sugar moves fast from 500s to 40s!!!!!) Hope to get all this under control SOON! Hope these issues are a result of the chemo (and detoxing from the chemo) I absolutely refuse to "give up" - have a LOT of LIVING to do!!!!

MoeGig 2012-07-23 08:01:58 -0500 Report

Congrats on beating cancer…you obviously caught it in time. (My mother passed from pancreatic cancer). It looks like that "win" has prepped you very well for the relatively easier task of managing diabetes.

roshy 2011-04-19 17:47:22 -0500 Report

i have no friends with type one! its such a shame because you have no one to relate to and when you try talking to your own friends they loose interest very fast!! once i start talking numbers and metersrs its like a snore fest to them!!!
have you tried linking up with your hospital and asking them if their is another patient your age which would be interested in a a diabetic pen pal?? they might be able to acomodate you!!

vvanata 2011-04-19 14:40:54 -0500 Report

I know there are so many of us that have type 1 yet, all programs on TV and everywhere you look there are always resources, trials and more for people with type 2. Type 2 can be controlled with diet and exercise for the most part, some aren't that lucky but type 1 is insulin dependent no matter what you do. I have been type 1 since I was 15, now 28 and I have a pump. Always looking for people to talk to and bounce ideas or frustrations to.

kdroberts 2011-02-25 06:33:54 -0600 Report

I totally forgot about 2 sites that you may be interested in. is run by the JDRF and has all sorts of groups on it, adults, athletes, local groups, etc. Also, and maybe more what you are looking for, is That's more like a kind of myspace/facebook for diabetes and they have a lot of younger people on it plus a lot of local meet and greet type of events organized through it. The adult type 1's are kind of the ignored group of diabetics but the major associations are starting to gear up more content and programs aimed specifically at that group. Have a look at to see the JDRF's initial plans for adults type 1 and some, not much, info about what they plan in the future. A lot of the stuff organizations are putting out now is aimed at newly diagnosed adults but they are trying to put things together for (as they call it) established type 1's, which may prove interesting in the future. I think somebody realized that once all the kids with type 1 grow up they no longer need their parents as resources, they need resources themselves and, probably most important, they start getting jobs and have money!

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2011-02-24 16:34:23 -0600 Report

I am 24 and have type 1. It is kind of strange how we are a lost group in the diabetic world. They have camps and programs for kids and then becuase type 2 is getting to be so common in older adults it isn't that hard for them to group together. But then there is all of us in between that kind of get lost.

mangmr 2011-12-20 03:08:34 -0600 Report

Hi, im new in this site, im from mexico so my english its not very good but as rachael i want to meet more people with type 1 as me. So, Would you like to be my friend??? XD

Rainerm 2011-02-23 19:52:09 -0600 Report

I don't know anyone with type 1 either, which is why I joined this site. I am 28 now, but when I was 22, I found a diabetes camp locally for kids with type 1 and applied to be a counselor. To my surprise, most of the counselors were type one! If you like kids, this may be something to look into for the summer. :) I would also keep hanging around this site. There are quite a few of us in our teens/twenties. :)