Having diabetes can impact your relationships with your friends and family, and it's important to keep some basic principles in mind. Being supportive, loving and patient can go a long way in strengthening your bonds, and helping to manage diabetes.
My wife Kelsey and I were friends for several months before we started dating. Kelsey has always been very open about her diabetes, so I learned about her disease early in our friendship. Initially, she had to explain to me the difference between type 1 and type 2. I didn't know there were different types of diabetes! My brother had…