Diabetes doesn’t define who you are or stop you from getting the most out of life. There is no reason why young people with well-managed diabetes can’t spend their life travelling the world as elite sports people and rock stars, while staying up late, building business empires and enjoying fine dining. Getting over the initial shock and getting your head around the changes to your lifestyle is challenging and takes time, practice, confidence and patience. Over time, you will get to know your body and learn how to look after and manage your diabetes. In a recent study of 16–25 year-olds living with diabetes, 91% of the respondents felt that having diabetes hasn’t kept them from doing their normal daily activities. Find out more about: drinking and big nights out driving drugs food general health pregnancy relationships school sport and exercise travelling Our voices, our lives, our choices youth report 2021.