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Type 1 Diabetes Can’t Hold This Teen ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Back

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  • 16-year-old Katie Bone competed in American Ninja Warrior while living with type 1 diabetes.
  • About 244,000 American children and adolescents are living with type 1 diabetes.
  • Bone is inspiring others living with type 1 diabetes to pursue their dreams.

As she jumped, swung, climbed, and catapulted her way across the American Ninja Warrior stage in its latest season, 16-year-old Katie Bone was living out one of her long-time dreams.

“Being on American Ninja Warrior has been a dream of mine for a really long time and I never thought that it would be a dream that I would be able to live out at 16 and…I never could have imagined that I’d reach the buzzer, and the impact I made in the type 1 community,” Bone told Healthline.

In addition to being the only woman to hit the final red buzzer during the qualifying round course, Bone also had to battle through her glucose levels dropping dangerously low during the filming of the semifinals — a symptom of living with type 1 diabetes.

When she was 11 years old, Bone was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after not feeling well during a climbing competition she participated in. At the event, her condition caused her to fall while climbing, which was unusual since she had been climbing since she was 8 years old.

“I just felt super sick and I had to go pee a lot. I was not feeling good and we ended up going to urgent care a couple days later thinking it was just a UTI or something, and then that’s when I was diagnosed with type 1,” she said.

During a two-day stay in the hospital to regulate her condition, the first question Bone asked the doctor was “When can I climb again?”

“Some may think that having type 1 diabetes limits one’s ability to be physical or athletic or engaged in society in a way that a person without type 1 diabetes would be, but that’s not the case at all,” Dr. Minisha Sood, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, told Healthline. “Teens and kids can absolutely be active with type 1 diabetes.”


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