Don't know if your still looking at this thread, but as long as the Diabetes can be can controlled with oral meds you can get a 1st class medical, if you wanted. I have diabetes and have a class 2. It is controlled by the meds, so I got it through special issuance. It wasn't too hard.
There are a lot of medicines other than insulin for diabetes..
Some diabetes requires only some diet and excercises..
Again i was told that some pilots who are diabetic take other medications like homeo & ayurveda to bring down the sugar. So no need for insulin.. i dont know wheter its so popular in US but u can always fly to india/singapore for a small course
I am not diabetic to my knowledge but fear I may be from too much damn cola on days off doing nothing. I do not rely on insulent or any other medicines due to this and so far in my life have been no way restricted by this but I am still a few years away from applying to become a pilot and was wondering if I still can, I am in the UK, under the CAA which I am guessing is no different, or very little difference in medical control of pilots than the FAA. Also, my eyesight is slighty off perfect. I need glasses for distance, I am shortsighted but the lens is only plastic and not, bit like a magnifying one if that makes sense, and I believe I can pass the vision part of the medical fine, but say I suffered from diabetes and had my vision, would I be at a disadvantage in getting a job or do I stand the same chance as any other guy with my same qualifications but different health state?