While I'm not pleased of course about the higher risk, I think it IS an important thing to talk about. That is to say, sure there is a lot we can do to protect our own health. But if things DO go wrong, it's not necessarily all down to what we did or didn't do. Sometimes it is just down to the disease itself. I find it more useful, for myself personally (of course everyone is different!) to think of myself as a person who is trying to carve out the best possible life for herself while having diabetes, than to think of myself as constantly failing to achieve perfect health and "dooming myself" to various consequences as a result!