"It's nice to have a club where you can meet people who know a lot of the struggles you're going through," Bonner, 19, said. "It's super hard (for other people) to relate to someone with diabetes, because the struggles we have are so unlike what most people encounter. It's nice to have other people to talk to who understand what you're going through."

The group was founded this year by sophomore Rachel Some, who's been living with Type 1 diabetes since she was 15. Her experience was similar to Bonner's — when she got to college, she didn't know anyone else on campus with Type 1 diabetes.

She looked around for a support group, and when she didn't find one, she decided to start Type 1 Buffaloes.

Though the group is small right now, Some said she's guessing there are other students with Type 1 diabetes at the university who feel alone. She wants to change that.

She said she hopes the group will create a sense of community among diabetics, who can learn from each other about what to eat in the dining halls, how to balance diabetes with a sporadic college schedule, and what to tell friends and professors about the disease.

"It's really nice to have other diabetics to talk to," Some said. "Just having other people to talk to makes it easier and makes you feel more comfortable."

Around 5 percent of people with diabetes have been diagnosed with Type 1, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Some said she often gets questions from students who are confused about the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

With Type 1 diabetes, the body produces little or no insulin, a hormone that helps convert sugar and starches into energy. It's typically diagnosed in children and young adults, and can be managed with insulin and diet.

Its exact cause is unknown, though researchers suspect genetics and the environment may be involved.

The more common Type 2 diabetes affects the way the body metabolizes sugar, and causes blood sugar levels to be higher than normal. It's more common in adults, and can be managed with medication, diet and exercise.

Though being overweight can increase a person's risk for Type 2 diabetes, family history, age and ethnicity are also factors.

Most people wrongly assume that all diabetics somehow brought the disease upon themselves by being unhealthy, Bonner said.

"It's important that people understand that it can happen to anyone," she said.

Both Bonner and Some have gotten used to checking their blood sugar and taking insulin shots in public. Though sometimes people are disturbed, most of the time it helps start a conversation.

"I like when people notice because they do ask questions," Bonner said. "And then I can explain certain things, clear up a lot of the myths about it."