Alabama summer camp caters to kids with type 1 diabetes

Although medical advancements have helped make diabetes management easier for individuals who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a young age, some of these children may need extra help or encouragement in order to cope with their disease.

For this reason, the Southeastern Diabetes Education Services located in Birmingham, Alabama has sponsored a four-day summer program called Camp Sugar Falls in Dothan, according to a recent article published in the Dothan Eagle.

Kids between the ages of 6 and 15 who are enrolled in the camp can spend time with others who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes while engaging in sports and games, which are followed by educational sessions on their conditions.

The newspaper reported that volunteers and medical personnel are available to help campers manage their blood sugar levels throughout the day.

One participant, a 12-year-old named Cameron, told the news provider that he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 8 and that he usually checks his blood glucose levels six times per day.

Another camper, Allex Barber, said that she is the only one in her school who has type 1 diabetes, but her friends have learned how to recognize the symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia to help her seek medical attention if necessary.

“We want to teach children how to live well with diabetes,” said Terry Ackley, executive director of the Southeastern Diabetes Education Services, quoted by the news source.

According to the American Diabetes Association, about one in every 400 children in the U.S. has type 1 diabetes.

The organization recommends that parents of diabetic children avoid scolding them if they experience too high or too low blood sugar levels due to poor diabetes management. Instead, adults can remind youngsters that taking care of their bodies is necessary in order for them to engage in their favorite daily activities.