(WKYC) - Amelie O'Connor is a normal kid in every way but one.
"You have this organ in your body called the pancreas that every time you eat gives you insulin and mine just stopped working so I need special help for that," she says.
And she's not alone.
Amelie is among a growing number of young people being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
"The latest report from the CDC shows that within the last 10 years, we have seen 23 percent increase in the Type 1 Diabetic population in the younger age," says Cleveland Clinic Dr. Betul Hatipoglu.
What's frightening is doctors don't know why.