Young Nebraska residents discuss living with type 1 diabetes

Although fewer people are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes than type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed during childhood due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Managing type 1 diabetes can be a difficult task for any person, especially those who are surrounded by classmates who do not need to check their blood sugar levels or take insulin injections. However, two adolescents from Fremont, Nebraska, recently told the Fremont Tribune that they live life to the fullest despite having type 1 diabetes.

Brandon Kamphaus told the newspaper that he was diagnosed with the chronic condition at the age of 7, shortly after he noticed that he was urinating more frequently than usual, had lost weight and occasionally felt dizzy.

Conversely, Chris Wrich experienced a nearly fatal bout of hypoglycemia before he was properly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The news provider reported that the high school student was originally told he had strep throat and was sent home with some antibiotics, but was later rushed to the emergency room when he nearly became comatose due to low blood sugar levels.

"I now wear a necklace, which would help a caregiver make better decisions if I would need medical attention for any reason," Wrich explained to the news source.

Kamphaus said that he injects himself with insulin in the arm, leg or stomach between five and six times daily. Both of the teens told the Fremont Tribune that they attended a summer camp for kids who have diabetes, which allowed them to discuss their experiences with others in a similar situation.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes develop a support network of friends, family members or coworkers who know about their health condition. This way, diabetics may be able to ensure that one of these individuals can provide emergency medical treatment in cases of hypoglycemia.