Socializing, friends, and close relationships are very important to anyone - with or without diabetes. I have never been shy about living with diabetes, and am always happy to talk about it with anyone who will listen. Usually the person I am dating already knows about my diabetes, as I am usually pretty open about talking about it with people. Usually, I say I have type 1 diabetes, and have had it for over 12 years, since January 3rd, Then it is a lot of questions and answers back and forth until the other person feels they understand enough. I tell a significant other or someone I care about just about everything there is to know about living with type 1.