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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 >>

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 >>

Nick Jonas - Diabetes Celebrity

Nick Jonas - Diabetes Celebrity

Tweet The youngest of the Jonas Brothers, Nick, a type 1 diabetic, has used his sudden explosion into the music and movie industry to promote himself as a potential future president of the United States and as a representative for young people with diabetes. Diabetes talks He has conducted a number of talks about how he has coped with diabetes as a young adolescent and how he plans to support and represent future diabetes research. Most recently he has become a diabetes ambassador for Bayer Diabetes Care, in addition to this he as written a book named ‘A Little Bit Longer’ in an attempt to inspire young diabetics to live their lives to the fullest. With the help of his brothers he has founded ‘The Change for the Children Foundation’ and has reportedly given $750,000 to diabetes research and treatment. Charity events Nick Jonas has the goal of helping children with diabetes, and has set up the Jonas Brothers Change for the Children Foundation. To celebrate the partnership with Bayer Diabetes Care, the company made a donation to the foundation. Nick, 17, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. He is passionate about sharing his story with other young people with diabetes, because he knows how the condition can cause isolation and even embarrassment. Nick is taking what he’s learned about diabetes, and passing it on to other people with diabetes. Nick was reported in diabetes news as commenting: “So many fans with diabetes from all over share their stories and thank me for being an inspiration to them. Nearly every day I hear from someone like me who says that I make them feel it’s OK to have diabetes and it’s really cool that I can do that. I know I’m lucky because I have a family that encourages me a lot. I want to give that same inspiratio Continue reading >>

Celebrities With Type 1

Celebrities With Type 1

Multi-platinum singer Nick Jonas has won Radio Disney's 2017 Hero Award. His nomination comes from his decade long commitment to children with Type 1 diabetes and his recent founding of Beyond Type 1, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cure research, education and advocacy for the chronic illness. READ MORE Victor Garber on Knowing Youre Not Alone "[People] feel a certain shame attached to being a Type 1 diabetic, which is, first of all, useless. It's not helpful, because the more you can share your experience with people, the more education is broadened and the less you feel like you're alone." READ MORE The Marvels New Warriors actor is the face of Dexcoms Call of the Warrior campaign, launching this month. Derek spoke to Beyond Type 1 about what it means to be a superhero both on set and while managing diabetes. READ MORE Kendall Simmons and His T1D Diagnosis in the NFL There were some in the industry that said he was a wasted first-round pick after the diagnosis, but this only motivated him more. He talks about the difficulty of that year, learning how to manage it and getting his strength back. READ MORE American Idol Elliott Yamin Dishes on Life and T1D If you saw singer and performer, Elliott Yamin, walking down the street, you might immediately notice him from having watched Season 5 of American Idol where he came in 3rd place. What you may or may not notice, however, is the insulin pump that is clipped to his jeans. READ MORE Exclusive with Former NFL Player Brandon Green At the professional level, you could lose your job if you have to sit out, Brandon said. You have to operate like you dont have it people wont feel sorry for you and youll have to compete like everyone else. READ MORE In May 2006, he was the first person with diabetes to summit Mount Evere 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 >>

Nick Jonas Talks Life On Stage And Off With Type 1 Diabetes

Nick Jonas Talks Life On Stage And Off With Type 1 Diabetes

Entertainment superstar Nick Jonas is a hit singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. He's also one of the approximately 1.25 million Americans living with type 1 diabetes. Jonas, now 24, was diagnosed at age 13 and has emerged as a leading voice in raising awareness about the disease. In 2015, he helped found Beyond Type 1 , a philanthropy that aims to empower people with type 1 diabetes "to both live well today and to fund a better tomorrow." NIH MedlinePlus magazine interviewed him about his experience with type 1 diabetes and his message for others with the disease. Would you share the circumstances of your type 1 diabetes diagnosis? What were your initial thoughts? My thoughts when I was diagnosed were real concern for my future, first of all as a performer, and also not knowing anything about the disease. I think I was initially just thinking that it was going to limit my ability to follow my dreams. "Know that you can still do anything you want to do with your life." How do you manage your type 1 diabetes? Do you use an insulin pump? I use an insulin pump to help manage my diabetes, check my blood sugar frequently, and do my best to get to know my body and get to feel out if I am high or low. More than anything, it's trusting my doctor and following all of her advice. You lead a very active and busy life with your type 1 diabetes. What do you do to manage your diet and exercise? I choose to live a pretty healthy life as far as my eating habits go. But I love physical exercise and pushing my body. I think it's just about being honest and vocal with the people who you are working with, or trainers and friends who you might be training with, about the disease and how to take care of situations should they arise. How has your family supported you in all this? My famil Continue reading >>

Diabetes Awareness: Celebrities With Type 1 Diabetes - Health

Diabetes Awareness: Celebrities With Type 1 Diabetes - Health

The nations first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 7 years old. The signs? She fainted in church and drank so much water she actually wet her bed, she said in a 2011 speech, as USA Today reported. This was in the early 1960s, and she had to learn how to sterilize her own needles (big, reusable ones) in boiling water. There were also no glucose monitors, so she had to test her urine for sugar levels. Life with diabetes today is easier: Sotomayor checks her blood sugar every morning before she approaches the bench. If she needs to, she can give herself a quick insulin shot and be fine for hours. Mary Tyler Moore is arguably as well known for her role in raising awareness of type 1 diabetes as she is for her groundbreaking roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Diagnosed at the relatively late age of 33, she lived for 47 years with the condition before her death in January 2017. That lifespan is testament to the power of type 1 diabetes treatment combined with a healthy lifestyle to stave off diabetes complications such a blindness and kidney disease. I need insulin to stay alive. Its just therapy to keep going, she said on Larry King Live in 2005. What I can do is make sure that I keep my blood sugar down to a reasonable level. I can exercise, and I can eat properly. And insulin plays a very big part in that. At first, Anne Rice was dropping pounds at an alarming rate. Not that the author of The Vampire Chronicles was that upset; the scales had been heading too high for a while. But there were other signs: stomach cramps after she ate, crying and peeing a lot, and writers block. Then came a day she doesnt remember when, people later told her, she was having trouble breathing, smelled like fruit, and to 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 >>

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 >>

Nick Jonas Opened Up About Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

Nick Jonas Opened Up About Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

Nick Jonas has been a longtime advocate for diabetes awareness, and the singer and actor opened up about living with Type 1 diabetes in a red-carpet interview Sunday night at the Radio Disney Music Awards. Nick was being honored at the event with the Hero Award for his philanthropic work on behalf of Type 1 diabetes. He appeared onstage to receive the award from Jumanji costar Jack Black, and delivered an emotional speech while surrounded by a group of children living with diabetes. He spoke candidly about the moment he was diagnosed in 2005, when he was 13 years old, as Entertainment Tonight reports. "It was a moment in my life when I was just getting ready to start making music with my brothers, and touring, and it was something I thought would slow me down before I even got started," he explained. Despite his initial reaction, he went on to confirm that he is in a much better place now than he was 12 years ago, both physically and mentally. “[I’m] in the healthiest place I’ve been since my diagnosis,” he said. “What I saw as the biggest challenge of my life really did become the biggest opportunity to bring some encouragement to people.” “I started thinking about who some of my heroes are,” Nick added of how he felt when he discovered he’d be receiving the award. “Not the kind of heroes who wear capes and save cities from evil villains, but real people who are heroes because they’ve changed the world in some way and made it a better place, or people who directly impacted my life.” He went on to thank his “amazing family,” giving a special shout-out to his father, whom he considers his “hero every single day,” before finishing with an important message: “We all have the power to change the world and make it a better place,” he said Continue reading >>

Nick Jonas Twitter Feud With Crossfit Over Diabetes | People.com

Nick Jonas Twitter Feud With Crossfit Over Diabetes | People.com

Nick Jonas , a diabetes patient and outspoken advocate for those living with the disease, has a serious problem with CrossFits 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. This is not cool. Please know and understand the difference between type one and type diabetes before making Jonas, who has lived with the disease for 10 years , has type 1. Typically diagnosed in children, its 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 Its 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 didnt grasp the difference between type 1 and type 2. Anyone can get T2 diabetes, even those with T1. Stop assuming we don't grasp the difference and help us raise awareness. @nickjonas The fitness company also reposted user @GreenPlusAnEs Tweet showing an old picture of Jonas (and his brothers) at an event for Coke. Were you being "sensitive" to type 2 diabetics when you accepted Coke $$ and promoted Soda? @nickjonas pic.twitter.com/8J6c4tl0GH Russ Greene (@GreenPlusAnE) June 30, 2015 Jonas then re-Tweeted a message from @willpower4 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 >>

Celebrities With Diabetes Slideshow

Celebrities With Diabetes Slideshow

The Oscar-winning actor announced he has type 2 diabetes when late-night host David Letterman commented on his newly slim figure in October 2013. "I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.'" Hanks added that the condition is controllable, but he joked that he couldn't get back down to his high-school weight of 96 pounds. "I was a very skinny boy!" The talk show host has type 2 diabetes. "It's definitely controllable," King has said on his show. Diabetes makes heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other serious health problems more likely. King has had bypass heart surgery. Diabetes wasn't the only thing that raised his risk for ticker trouble: King had been a heavy smoker, and smoking hurts the heart. But by taking care of his diabetes (and quitting smoking), King helps his ticker and the rest of his body. Salma Hayek The Oscar-nominee had gestational diabetes, which happens during pregnancy, while expecting her daughter, Valentina. Hayek has a family history of diabetes. Experts say all women should get checked for gestational diabetes when they are 24-28 weeks pregnant. Those at risk for type 2 diabetes are checked at their first prenatal visit. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after delivery, but it could return with a later pregnancy. It can also make you more likely to get type 2 diabetes later on. This singer went public with his type 1 diabetes in 2007. He has said that his symptoms included weight loss and thirst. When diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, his blood sugar was over 700 -- and normal blood sugar levels are from 70 to 120. Jonas was hospitalized, but he learned to manage his condition. Once called Continue reading >>

Why Beyond Type 1 Matters: An Interview With Nick Jonas

Why Beyond Type 1 Matters: An Interview With Nick Jonas

Why Beyond Type 1 Matters: An Interview With Nick Jonas The year before last might have been complicated for Nick Jonas, but since then, things have been going pretty well. Since his release of his third solo album, Last Year Was Complicated, Jonas won the Hal David Starlight Award in theSongwriters Hall of Fame for his songwriting, he went on tour with friend and singer Demi Lovato, he co-starred in Goat with James Franco, he released a song with songwriter Anne-Marie and producer Mike Posner, he wrote the song Home for the film Ferdinand, which was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and oh, and he won the Disney Hero Award (2017). The award was given to him for his work co-founding Beyond Type 1 , a Type 1 diabetes nonprofit, that aims to educate, and advocate around the disease as well as support the path to a cure. In just under three years, the organization has become the largest diabetes network on social media in the world, with nearly 2 million followers, making it a mega-influencer in the diabetes space. Jonas explains why Beyond Type 1 is a whole new brand of philanthropy, saying, I think traditionally the internet has been used as an educational tool for many diseases and things of that nature, but in regards to Type 1 diabetes (T1D), this is the first time social media has really been a defining factor in the outreach and the presence of a non-profit. He says that was intentional as well of the co-founders, which include CEO Sarah Lucas, venture capitalist Juliet DeBaubigny and chef Sam Talbot. The organization leverages social media to connect people across the globe who are affected by Type 1 diabetes via their 16 digital platforms and 18 native programs that include everything from a pen pal program and global app to running mara Continue reading >>

32 Famous People With Type 1 Diabetes

32 Famous People With Type 1 Diabetes

Test strips, blood sugar monitors, and insulin pumps are all part of a day in the life of someone living with Diabetes. Several famous actors, musicians, and athletes have Type I Diabetes. Some of these celebrities were diagnosed with diabetes when they were children, while others developed the disease later on in life. Who is the most famous person with Type I Diabetes? Sharon Stone tops our list. The "Basic Instinct" star was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Mary Tyler Moore was diagnosed with Type I diabetes around the time she was filming "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." She is now an outspoken advocate who brings awareness to the disease. "American Idol" alum Crystal Bowersox has been hospitalized due to complications with Type I diabetes. Several famous men also have Type I diabetes. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 2008. Poison front man Bret Michaels was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when he was 6 years old. Pop star Nick Jonas was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 2005. In 1957, Jackie Robinson was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic. Are you surprised that so many celebrities have Type I diabetes? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Continue reading >>

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