'Idol' practices diligent type 1 diabetes management after health scare

Many individuals who have type 1 diabetes are diagnosed with the condition during childhood or adolescence, which is why the condition is often referred to as juvenile diabetes.

Due to the young age at which people develop type 1 diabetes, many are accustomed to the ins and outs of diabetes management by the time they reach adulthood.

However, changes in one's lifestyle may have a profound effect on blood glucose levels. This is something that 25-year-old Crystal Bowersox found out the hard way during the filming of the ninth season of American Idol.

The competition front-runner, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6, recently told the North American Press Syndicate that her busy schedule during the show caused her to waver in her commitment to regular blood glucose monitoring and a strict diabetic diet.

She was admitted to the hospital as a result but later returned to the stage to win second place, the news provider reported.

"I almost lost everything that I have now because I let diabetes control me. I realized then that in order to live life on my terms, I had to take back that control. If I had been voted off the show, fine. But I refused to go home because of my diabetes," said Bowersox, quoted by the news source.

Now, Bowesox has a tattoo on her arm to remind her that even though she is a busy mom and recording artist, she has to take care of her body so that she can continue touring.

The news organization said that Bowersox has collaborated with OneTouch Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems to act as a role model for people who have type 1 diabetes. She has starred in the group's commercials along with blues artist B.B. King, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1991.

According to the American Diabetes Association, individuals who have type 1 diabetes account for only 5 percent of the more than 25 million Americans who have diabetes. The organization states that one in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 diabetes.