Country artist RaeLynn has spoken out about living with diabetes to inspire others with the condition.
The former Voice semi-finalist has revealed she was diagnosed with the type 1 form at 12 years old.
Because with the disease the body doesn't produce any insulin, the 22-year-old has regular insulin shots to keep her glucose levels normal.
The Love Triangle singer admits that she 'faltered a bit' in her diabetes management as a teenager but now leads a healthy lifestyle.
She wants others to know that having the condition doesn't stop you from living a full life.
'I wasn’t checking my blood sugar enough, didn’t take care of myself, and was always tired,' she told Diabetes Daily.
Country artist RaeLynn has revealed she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 12
The 22-year-old - pictured with husband Joshua - says the condition is manageable
The pint-sized Texan - who married her longtime love Joshua Davis last year - says feeling sick shocked her into action and she now follows her doctor's care plan and adapted her lifestyle.
'I learned I can lead a healthy and normal life, and diabetes doesn’t stop me from living my dreams.
She says she is in fact grateful that her diagnosis has taught her how to live a healthy lifestyle.
RaeLynn told the website that she began suffering symptoms such as weight loss and needing to frequently use the toilet - which she says her family thought was normal for a preteen.
Then one day, she felt sick and her mother rushed her to hospital. After getting her blood sugar tested she was told she was in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
The former Voice contestant says she has learn the hard way the effect on her body of not leading a healthy lifestyle
The Texan says she is grateful that her diagnosis has taught her how to live healthy
This happens when the body starts to run out of insulin and harmful substances called ketones build up in the body, which can be life-threatening if not spotted and treated quickly.
Symptoms include passing out, abdominal pain, confusion and erratic breathing.
After spending two weeks in Texas Children’s Hospital for two weeks, RaeLynn began learning about how to live healthily with the condition.
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