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Diabetic children attend diabetes camps in the US
Sponsored by the Cayman Islands Diabetes Charitable Trust, Cayman Airways and the Aall Foundation, two children are at camps at the Barton Centre for Diabetes Education in North Oxford, Massachusetts.
The camps are open to children and teens with type 1 diabetes.
In Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables the body to use sugar found in foods for energy.
Instead of the body converting that sugar, or glucose, into energy, it backs up in the blood stream and causes a variety of symptoms, including fatigue.
Type 1 diabetes is different from type 2 diabetes because it is treatable only with insulin, delivered either via multiple syringe injections or through an insulin pump.
At the camp, children are encouraged to practise sports, attend educational and psychological workshops about managing diabetes and coping with self care in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.