DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE had a permanent knot in my stomach since a friend told me he’s been diagnosed with diabetes.

I’ve tried to be supportive but I’ve become consumed with worry.

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I’m 52 and my friend is 25. We’re both gay men.

We’ve been intimate on a few occasions as he’s one of the few people I can be my true self with.

I’ve had feelings for him for ages but since he’s told me about his health, things have altered.

I can’t eat, can barely concentrate and become tearful easily.

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I’m terrified if I tell him how I feel about him, he’ll never want to speak to me again.

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DEIDRE SAYS: There’s more to people than their diabetes but living with this condition can be emotion-ally tough sometimes.

If you tell him how you feel and he does not feel the same, it may spoil your friendship.

But if you say nothing, you’ll never know what could have been.

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Perhaps ask him if he’d like to go out one night – not just as friends but on a date.

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