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Nick Jonas Launches Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Campaign

Nick Jonas Launches Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Campaign

Pop superstar Nick Jonas is already an inspiration to the millions of teens and 'tweens' who hang on every lyric sung by his band the Jonas Brothers. But Jonas, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, hopes a three-year partnership he’s created with Bayer HealthCare will serve as an inspiration to others living with this disease. “When I was first diagnosed, I did think, 'Why me?'” Jonas said Wednesday on "FOX & Friends," where he announced his partnership. “I had a great medical history. I had never stayed in the hospital before. I didn’t know anybody with diabetes. So it was a shock.” Video: Click here to see Jonas on 'FOX and Friends' Jonas’ mother, Denise Jonas, who joined him on "FOX & Friends," said her son felt alone after learning of his diagnosis because there was no one to offer him guidance. “He really didn’t have anybody to look to,” she said. “So we really want to help Nick be that inspiration.” For its part, Bayer has donated money to the Jonas Brothers' foundation, ChangeForTheChildren.org, to help support the musician’s awareness campaign. As one-third of the pop group that also includes his brothers Kevin and Joe, Jonas was busy touring — playing elementary and middle schools — when he received his diabetes diagnosis in 2005 at age 13. “I started to see some weight loss, I was thirsty all the time and I kind of had a bad attitude,” said Jonas, who is now 15. “I lost 15 pounds in two weeks and my blood sugar was 790-something so they put me in the hospital for two or three days, and gave me a crash course on everything I needed to know.” To put Jonas’ blood sugar level in perspective, a normal level is about 100, said Dr. David Simmons, director of diabetes care and medical and clinical affairs for Bayer. A blood sugar o Continue reading >>

Getting To Know You: Nick Jonas

Getting To Know You: Nick Jonas

Recording artist Nick Jonas, 22, formerly part of teen sensations The Jonas Brothers, has become a serious solo performer in his own right. His singing, acting, and touring career has taken off, all while he has successfully managed his Type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed at 13 while on tour, he quickly adopted a positive attitude and commitment to managing his disease and not letting it derail the pursuit of his dreams. Three years ago, Nick started using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Now, he has partnered with Dexcom, Inc., a maker of CGM technology, to raise awareness of the benefits of CGMs. In addition, Nick is a co-founder of BEYOND TYPE 1, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the conversation around diabetes. BEYOND TYPE 1 aims to be provocative, inclusive, and disruptive, building a community to combat an isolating and confusing disease and help eradicate the stigma of living with a chronic illness. BEYOND TYPE 1 plans collaborations, special events, and use of technology and social media to educate, raise awareness, and raise funds for research to find a cure. According to Nick, the group will create a community for diabetics where they can share real-life stories about how they are living beyond Type 1 diabetes and how it has not slowed them down. “We have a long way to go in the education of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes,” he says, “and in that lack of knowledge is the even harsher reality that we are still very far from a cure.” DSM: How has living with Type 1 diabetes changed for you over the last nine years? NJ: Mostly in my responsibilities, my taking ownership of it. From day one, I wanted to take care of myself and not rely on other people. Being diagnosed was definitely one of the most frightening moments of my life. I was 13…I s Continue reading >>

Celebrity Q+a: Nick Jonas

Celebrity Q+a: Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas, the youngest member of the Jonas Brothers band, is used to selling out arenas, making tween and teen girls scream, and battling type 1 diabetes. Here he reveals what it's like living with the all-too-common disease. November isn't only National Diabetes Month—it also marks the fifth anniversary of finding out you have type 1 diabetes. How did that happen?A. When I was 13 and on tour with my brothers, I lost 15 pounds in two weeks and was thirsty all the time. I also had a bad attitude—which was rare for me. My parents took me to a doctor, and we learned that my blood sugar was dangerously high. I was rushed to a hospital, where they made the diagnosis. Q. What was your reaction? A. At first I was afraid. I didn't know if I was going to die. But once I realized the disease can be managed, I started to feel better. Q. Has your family helped you? A. Most definitely. There was one time on tour when I couldn't get my blood sugar in check, and I had a bit of a breakdown. But my brothers and my mom were there to calm me down and offer words of encouragement. They're always there for me. Q. You've spoken to the Senate about giving more government funding to diabetes research. Your charity, Change for Children Foundation, has raised money for the cause. And you've even written songs about the disease, like "A Little Bit Longer." Why'd you share your story with the public? A. Getting diabetes gave me an opportunity to inspire people who may be feeling the way I felt when I first got diagnosed—unsure and alone. I want adults and kids to know that there are new tools that make living with the disease easier than ever. For example, I love using Bayer's USB contour meter. It tracks my blood sugar for me and plugs into my computer, so right away I can send my numbers Continue reading >>

'this Is Not Cool': Nick Jonas Hits Out At Crossfit Tweet Saying It Fails To Show Difference Between Types Of Diabetes

'this Is Not Cool': Nick Jonas Hits Out At Crossfit Tweet Saying It Fails To Show Difference Between Types Of Diabetes

He has been an outspoken advocate for diabetes for many years after dealing with the disease himself. And on Tuesday Nick Jonas hit out at Crossfit after the company posted what he felt was a misleading Tweet on their account. The singer, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 14 years old was vocal about his disapproval of a message. Scroll down for video The fitness company Tweeted a fake Coca-Cola ad that read: 'Open Diabetes', along with the caption 'Make sure you pour some out for your dead homies'. The 22-year-old took to his own account to slam what he felt was an ignorant way of discussing the condition as it did not make the differentiation between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes 'This is not cool. Please know and understand the difference between type one and type diabetes before making ignorant comments. 'Sensitivity to all diseases, and proper education on the cause and day to day battle is important' he Tweeted. The company retaliated saying the singer had misunderstood they did not 'grasp the difference' between the two different types of the illness. Nick was diagnosed with the type 1 of the disease in November 2005. He told Diabetes Health he began to notice the symptoms: 'losing weight, the bad attitude, being thirsty, going to the bathroom all the time.' Nick said he lost around 15lbs in two to three weeks: 'It was just insane. I had a terrible attitude, which was totally odd for me because I’m actually a nice person. Especially being on the road around people all the time, you have to keep that positive energy going. And it was hard.' He took some time off and when he saw a doctor he was told his blood sugar was over 700. Nick's type of diabetes is usually diagnosed in children. It is a chronic condition in where the pancreas produce Continue reading >>

Shine Bright With This Queer Eco-friendly Glitter Brand

Shine Bright With This Queer Eco-friendly Glitter Brand

The Jonas Brothers were pretty much the first case of Internet fandom, having come into prominence during the initial boom of early social media in the late aughts, and despite having long-disbanded ravenous admiration for the trio remains discarded throughout the web in the form of fanfiction -- from Camp Rock nostalgia, to pregnancy. They're abandoned cars, resting quietly on the side of the Internet highway. But some are able to move past fandom, and sink into the deepest trench of...something. Yes, this is real. Nick Jonas was diagnosed with diabetes in 2005, at the age of 13, and as his celebrity grew, he became vocal about his struggles with the condition -- specifically life-threatening circumstances -- and has used his platform to spread awareness. Upon Googling info about Nick's illness, however, it's not that hard to come across a a small but sizable pocket of JoBro fans who decided to weave Nick's ailment into some jaw-droppingly specific and unsettling vignettes that run the mill from garden variety chaste Florence Nightengale fantasies, to some POV Munchausen-y delirium. One scenario depicting Nick's initial diagnosis (Chapter 3. "Diagnosis), from a fanfic collection entitled Living the Dream, is the most intensely detailed (and impeccably structured) of this specific topic. It begins with the subject line: "The Jonas Brothers are in the prime with their best-selling tour yet. But Nick is experiencing some weird issues on the way. What's wrong with him? Can a girl help him get through it and face his biggest challenge yet to get through and live the dream? " Stay with me. The chapter begins some sort of medical personnel named "Mrs. Juan," informing Nick of his condition. "Nicholas Jonas, I'm very sorry but you have Type 1 Diabetes," Mrs. Juan said to me. I Continue reading >>

Celebrities With Type 1 Diabetes

Celebrities With Type 1 Diabetes

1 / 14 Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the body doesn't produce insulin, the hormone that converts glucose into energy. The condition affects about 3 million people in the United States alone, and everyone with type 1 diabetes — including celebrities — must replace their insulin every day. So, every time you take the steps needed to monitor your condition, remember that you’re in some pretty famous company. Continue reading >>

Superstar Nick Jonas Shares His Hidden Life With Diabetes (interview)

Superstar Nick Jonas Shares His Hidden Life With Diabetes (interview)

Nick Jonas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on November 16, 2005. He now needs insulin every day in order to survive. Just a few weeks later, the debut single from the first Jonas Brothers album reached #4 on the music charts, propelling him down the path to international super-stardom. As Nick approached the 10-year anniversary of his diagnosis (often referred to as a “diaversary” in the diabetes community), I spoke with him about the challenges he faces juggling the invisible demands of type 1 diabetes in the spotlight. I’m trying to imagine what that’s like: You’re 13 years old, you’re a teenager, you want to be independent. Then all of a sudden you have so many things that are happening around you: fame and a very high-maintenance chronic illness. Just facing a diabetes diagnosis on its own is overwhelming. When you add transitioning into life as a celebrity, how did diabetes fit into that experience? Nick: Within the first six months of my diagnosis, I got a pretty good grip on how to manage it on a day-to-day level. And with the understanding that this is going to take time. There was a little bit of time before I was outspoken about it. But my goal was really to not let it slow me down, knowing how much on the career front that I wanted to accomplish. It’s just about learning as quickly as I could how to manage my diabetes so I could make the most impact. On top of my voice changing and so much happening with the band, I was learning how many carbohydrates were in things and how much insulin to take with certain things. Everyone’s journey with diabetes is very different. It took time to learn about my body and how it would react. Thankfully, I had a great doctor who helped me very much. How do you approach your diaversiaries? A chance to celebra Continue reading >>

Type 1 Pop Star, Nick Jonas Tells His Story

Type 1 Pop Star, Nick Jonas Tells His Story

Nick Jonas is a personable boy of fourteen who happens to be a member of the Jonas Brothers Band, a group of three brothers with a devoted following of very passionate young fans. In November 2005, Nick Jonas found out that he had type 1 diabetes. A month or two before he was diagnosed, he began to notice “the usual symptoms: losing weight, the bad attitude, being thirsty, going to the bathroom all the time.” He lost about fifteen pounds in two to three weeks, and “it was just insane. I had a terrible attitude, which was totally odd for me because I’m actually a nice person. Especially being on the road around people all the time, you have to keep that positive energy going. And it was hard.” Nick took some time off from the band’s tour to see a doctor, who packed him off to the hospital immediately when she heard his symptoms. His blood sugar was over 700. “For someone who had no bad medical history ever,” he says, “to suddenly have the shock of diabetes was a bit overwhelming in itself, and then I had to learn all about it, learn all these things in such a short period of time. All of it was crazy. I also wondered if I could continue making music…but I had the support of my friends and the band to be there with me. My dad was back at home with my three other brothers, but my mom stayed at the hospital with me every night.” The day after Nick left the hospital, he performed in a concert and jumped right back into the flow of doing shows and touring. He started out taking multiple daily injections of NovoLog with Lantus, checking his blood sugar about twelve times a day. He says, “When we were on the road, I’d be in the back of the band trying to give insulin shots and manage my diabetes, and it was just too hard. I was getting frustrated with Continue reading >>

Dexcom And Nick Jonas Raise Their Voices For Diabetes Awareness

Dexcom And Nick Jonas Raise Their Voices For Diabetes Awareness

Jonas, Who Has Type 1 Diabetes, Sings Praises for the Life-Changing Impact of Continuous Glucose Monitoring. Dexcom, Inc, a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with diabetes, announced today it has partnered with multi-talented recording artist and actor, Nick Jonas, who has type 1 diabetes, to raise awareness of the benefits of CGM for people with diabetes. Jonas will share his personal story and views on living with diabetes and his use of Dexcom technology to help him monitor his glucose levels and manage his diabetes while he pursues and lives his dream. With approximately 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes, education on disease management is crucial to living with the condition day-to-day.1 The growth of continuous glucose monitoring systems, like the Dexcom G4® PLATINUM, has helped patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes understand valuable information about their glucose levels and trends, a key aspect to controlling the disease and staying healthy. “When I was first diagnosed, I was scared that I would no longer be able to do what I love but I made a commitment to take control of my diabetes and not let it slow me down", said Nick Jonas. "The Dexcom CGM is an amazing step forward in the battle against diabetes and gives me the tools and confidence I need to feel in control so I can continue to follow my dreams.” Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 13 while on tour with his brothers. Rapid weight loss, fatigue and other symptoms led to a quick diagnosis of type 1 diabetes but Jonas was determined not to let it stand in the way of achieving his dreams. In collaborating with Dexcom, he hopes to spread awareness for CGM and provide encouragement for those impacted by diabetes to take control of the diseas Continue reading >>

Nick Jonas On Flying The Diabetes Flag High!

Nick Jonas On Flying The Diabetes Flag High!

Singer, songwriter, actor Nick Jonas, 23, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago. As a fellow type 1 myself, and a regular blogger for OnTrack Diabetes, I was thrilled when I got the call about the chance to interview Jonas! He's been my dia-crush (person with diabetes who has a crush on another diabetic) ever since I heard him croon with his brothers. Even cooler in my mind (other then his global superstar status) is that he's down-to-earth and actually cares about raising diabetes awareness. So how does he hope his non-profit, Beyond Type 1, will help people with diabetes? What does he look for in a 'type 3'? What's the nicest thing someone has done for him to support his diabetes? Read my exclusive interview with this bright star (and dia-badass!) to find out. Tell me about your type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Ten years ago when I was 13 and touring with my brothers, I noticed a dramatic change in my body and my mood. I’ve always been a very upbeat person, but suddenly, I was irritable all the time. I was constantly thirsty and always needing to use the bathroom. I also started losing weight rapidly—20 pounds in two weeks! Something was very wrong. I felt sluggish, drained, like a balloon losing air. I was struggling to get through my tour and finally decided to make an appointment to meet with my doctor. She ordered several tests, including my blood glucose. My level had spiraled out of control to over 800—I was immediately rushed to the hospital. It was absolutely terrifying. The doctors told me I had type 1 diabetes. How did you initially handle the news? It was truly one of the most frightening moments of my life. I was shocked at first. And my family was just as panicked. But the real scare was I had to quickly learn so much. It was completely overwhel Continue reading >>

Nick Jonas Puts Spotlight On Diabetes

Nick Jonas Puts Spotlight On Diabetes

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with singer-songwriter and actor Nick Jonas, of the pop-rock band The Jonas Brothers, about his efforts to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes. Through his work with his organization, Nicks Simple Wins, Jonas inspires children with diabetes to pursue their dreams while coping with their disease, as he has done with his Type 1 diabetes. Jonas has traveled to Washington to testify before a Senate committee about the need to raise money for juvenile diabetes. In addition, he has created public service announcements and commercials to spread awareness about his cause. Jonas has also designed dog tags for people with diabetes and their supporters. The tags include a “medic alert.” Jonas has become a spokesperson for the Bayer CONTOUR meter, a device that measures how blood-sugar levels. He wrote the lyrics to the song “A Little Big Longer” about his experience living with diabetes. Through Nick Simple Wins, children ages 6 to 18 document their everyday experiences in the Express Your Simple Win Contest, which ended Sept. 20 Entrants can keep checking NickSimpleWins.com for the announcement of the winners of the grand prize — meeting Jonas in person. Nick also advocates for Change For The Children, an organization that he and his brothers started to empower children to face obstacles with self-assurance. Question: Could you tell me a little about Nick’s Simple Wins and what your role with it is? Jonas: Nick’s Simple Wins is basically the campaign with Bayer Diabetes Care, to create awareness around diabetes and also give the kind of the messaging that people can relate with. This one really stuck because when I was talking to them about my day-to-day life with diabete Continue reading >>

Nick Jonas Talks His First Decade With Diabetes, And Partnering With Dexcom

Nick Jonas Talks His First Decade With Diabetes, And Partnering With Dexcom

Nick Jonas is no longer the teenage boy band star with a squeaky clean image. Enter th e new Nick, now in his early 20s with a grittier edge, and a lot is changing for him and his fans. In the past year or so, Nick's branched out on his own as an artist, added more adult-oriented TV and movie appearances to his acting resume, and just recently announced he's partnering with singer friend Demi Lovato to start a new record label called Safehouse Recordings. Not to mention that the 22-year-old is of course one of us PWDs (people with diabetes), who's been living with type 1 for almost a decade now since age 13. Our own AmyT first chatted with Nick back in 2007 and then again five years ago, delving into his then budding music career and how he hoped to use his voice to advocate and serve as a role model for the diabetes community. Fast forward to 2015: Nick recently announced that he's become a Dexcom Warrior (a group of exemplary users of the leading continuous glucose monitoring product) and that he's collaborating with the California CGM company on a public awareness campaign about his own D-story and the advantages of using the Dexcom G4. You have to admit that this polished video spot they created with Nick is pretty cool, right?! And those of us who use the Dexcom G4 can relate to his statement that "Having a CGM is like having a best friend that always looks out for you." We were thrilled to have had another chance to talk with Nick late last week, to hear about all he's up to... DM) Nick, first off, how are you feeling about being a decade into living with diabetes? NJ) It's been a journey, for sure. The biggest thing has been the learning curve and taking the time to go through the process, the steps toward trying to live a healthy life and not get overwhelmed by Continue reading >>

Q & A: Superstar Nick Jonas―dishing On Diabetes

Q & A: Superstar Nick Jonas―dishing On Diabetes

Diabetic Connect's Voices of Diabetes series gives members of the diabetes community the opportunity to share their personal challenges, insights, and life experiences with a larger audience. We hope these stories inspire and encourage you to find your own voice as a diabetes advocate. If you would like to share your story, contact us at [email protected] Visit the Voices of Diabetes page on Diabetic Connect for more in the series. Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country. Nick Jonas. Just whisper his name and you can hear girls screaming across the country, no? Nick, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 2005, has chosen to devote much of his fame to raising awareness about diabetes. Thanks to the good folks at DiabeticConnect.com and Bayer Diabetes, I was delighted to have the opportunity to “dish on diabetes” with Nick over the phone last week. (My three daughters will never, ever look at me the same again!) Q. Most people don’t want to be defined by their illness, but you’ve been so public with yours. Was that something your family or publicists pushed, or did it come entirely from you? From day one, it was my call. I wanted to first be comfortable with it — and then once I felt I was in a good place with my diabetes, I was ready to go out there and share it. It’s one of the better decisions I’ve ever made; it’s given me a lot of joy, and hopefully brought comfort to a lot of people. Q. How can you tell that you’ve made a difference for all these kids out there with type 1? Can yo Continue reading >>

Nick Jonas Lashes Out At Crossfit For Tweets About Diabetes

Nick Jonas Lashes Out At Crossfit For Tweets About Diabetes

Nick Jonas, a diabetes patient and outspoken advocate for those living with the disease, has a serious problem with CrossFit’s sense of humor. After the fitness company Tweeted a fake Coke ad that read “Open Diabetes,” along with the caption “Make sure you pour some out for your dead homies,” Jonas lashed out at what he found to be an ignorant depiction of a nuanced condition, urging the company to “understand the difference” between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Jonas, who has lived with the disease for 10 years, has type 1. Typically diagnosed in children, it’s a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, leading to high blood glucose levels. Unlike type 2 diabetes, which can be caused by a poor diet, type 1 is not the result of unhealthy habits. RELATED VIDEO: Nick Jonas Reveals How Having Diabetes Has Changed Him “It’s really shaped who I am as a person,” Jonas told EW in a June interview. “It has an effect on my creative life, the way I approach writing songs and doing all that.” In a series of defensive Tweets, CrossFit stood by its original message – and faulted Jonas for his assumption that the company didn’t “grasp the difference” between type 1 and type 2. The fitness company also reposted user @GreenPlusAnE’s Tweet showing an old picture of Jonas (and his brothers) at an event for Coke. Jonas then re-Tweeted a message from @willpower4x, who appreciated the pop star drawing attention to the fact that sufferers of type 1 diabetes do not have a choice. CrossFit could not immediately be reached for comment. Continue reading >>

Introducing The Jonas Brothers

Introducing The Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are a US boy band who have taken the States by storm, and are now on a mission to take over the UK music scene too. The brothers in question are Nick, 15, and his older brothers Joe, 18, and Kevin, 20. It's Nick who is of particular interest to My Life as he has Type 1 diabetes. What does Nick do? Nick sings vocals and plays guitar and drums for the band. He was diagnosed in 2005 when he was 14, but it was during a US performance in the spring of 2007 that he told the world about his condition. Raise your hands After the opening song, he asked for a show of hands of people in the audience with diabetes. He then raised his own hand toacknowledge, for the first time in public, that he has diabetes. Nick mentions how one particular warning sign – moodiness – was especially difficult to deal with because he and the band were on tour at the time. "I had a terrible attitude, which was totally odd for me because I'm actually a nice person. Being on the road around people all the time, you have to keep that positive attitude going. And it was hard." Early frustrations To begin with, he treated himself with multiple injections and was testing about 12 times a day – but the regime didn't fit well with life as a musician: "When we were on the road, I'd be in the back trying to give insulin shots and manage my diabetes, and it was just too hard. I was getting frustrated. I knew that I needed something different." His 'something different' turned out to be a new type ofinsulin pump, called the OmniPod Insulin Management System. It's slightly different to conventional insulin pumps that typically sit on a belt around the waist and deliver insulin via tubing running from the pump to the cannula (a very thin and flexible plastic tube that is inserted under the Continue reading >>

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