well, what we forget to remember is that type 1 diabetes effects the entire body, every nerve, cell, blood vessel, muscle too, every organ. i've been sick lately and I was again made very aware of (by ER docs and GI and Internist) how fragile we as type 1's are...especially type 1's because our immune systems are compromised, we have an autoimmune disease. yeah, i don't want to think about this either...but you're around my age and our bodies don't get younger. this is a long, progressive drawn out disease. i hate it too..but we have no choice. do the very best you possibly can to control it, we have the tools, only WE can do this. I too was an extremely healthy, fit, active woman, with abosultely nothing physically wrong with me, before this hit..now I feel like my body is falling apart. It scares the h@ll out of me and I have good control...! I sometimes forget how bad this disease really is until I do get sick then I hear the doctors say, "she's a type 1 diabetic"...it's like every little things becomes STAT in their eyes and then i'm told over and over, your body doesn't heal right, work right - normal. It's scary.
good luck! don't wait until you're very sick because it could be too late.