Insulin-pump maker helps boy with type 1 diabetes begin a diabetes awareness tour

Although individuals with type 1 diabetes account for only 5 percent of the U.S. diabetic population, one out of every 400 children and adolescents is affected by the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.

People with type 1 diabetes are sometimes referred to as insulin-dependent, meaning that they require daily insulin injections in order to control their blood sugar levels, as opposed to a diabetic diet and exercise regimen alone.

While youngsters who have the disease may learn to cope with diabetes management, their classmates and teachers may not understand how the condition affects a child's life.

According to a recent article published by the Taunton Gazette, 10-year-old Massachusetts resident Noah Brokmeier - nicknamed the "diabetes dude" - will soon set out on a nationwide tour to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes.

The newspaper reported that the trip is funded by OmniPod, a maker of insulin pumps. Brokmeier and his family will travel to New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, where they will meet with so-called diabetes ambassadors that they have been connected with via social networking sites.

"There were a lot of misconceptions about what diabetes was and what Noah could do, from both his classmates and adults," said the boy's father, quoted by the news source.

The Brokmeier family has been raising awareness and funds for diabetes research since their son's diagnosis. They told the news provider that the condition affects entire families when a member develops it. recommends that relatives of individuals who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes help support their loved ones' diabetes management by eating the same meals that are part of a diabetic diet.

Consuming foods that are low in cholesterol, fat, salt and sugar may help promote good health among both non-diabetic individuals and those with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.