Nick Jonas Receives Disney Hero Award for His Efforts in Diabetes Awareness
Photo: Nick Jonas at the Radio Disney Music Awards with kids diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Source: J-14.
According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report of 2017 that was released by CDC’s DDT or Division of Diabetes Translation, nearly 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes, and approximately 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes. While the disease is fairly common, there is still a lack of awareness on it and many still do not understand the challenges diabetic patients face. This is why more and more people have been exerting a lot of effort in spreading the word about both types of diabetes. One celebrity who has played a large role in advocating for the disease is Former Disney Star and now solo artist Nick Jonas.
Nick Jonas has been a longtime diabetes awareness advocate. In fact, it was in 2015 when he co-founded Beyond Type 1, which is an organization that aims to leverage the power of technology and social media to change what living with diabetes means. It gives focus on educating people about the disease and helping researchers discover new treatments and, hopefully, a cure for diabetes.
Through the grants and programs that they offer, they wish to improve the lives of type 1 diabetes patients. Recently, Nick Jonas has received the Disney Hero Award at the Radio Disney Music Awards for his remarkable achievements as a patient advocate.
Nick Jonas's diabetes diagnosis
Nick was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in 2005. Before he was even diagnosed, he started showing the most common symptoms, like weight loss, constant thirst and frequent urination. In just 2-3 weeks, he also lost about 15 pounds. He had noticeable changes in his mood, becoming irritable and feeling drained.
Because of his symptoms, he went to see a doctor while he was on tour with his brothers. This is where he discovered he had diabetes. His blood sugar level was well over 700, which immediately made him feel overwhelmed since he never even had a serious medical history. Nick's diagnosis even led him to wonder about the thing that he was most passionate about: making music.
Despite how difficult it has been for him, he is very thankful for the support given by the people around him, especially his mom, who accompanied him in the hospital every night and when he toured. They are some of the reasons why Nick was able to return to the music scene, performing in concerts, and participating in tours. Of course, monitoring has also played a very important role in managing diabetes. Apart from taking insulin shots, he also checked his blood sugar about 12 times a day.
An inside look at Nick’s life with diabetes
Throughout the past years, Nick was able to manage his diabetes well. For those who have been wondering, he doesn’t follow any special diet. In fact, he can still eat whatever he wants, including steak, as long as he takes the right amount of insulin beforehand. He has also used a device called the OmniPod in which he needed to enter the carbs, and it would then suggest the amount of insulin needed. During the times when he gets low, he drinks orange juice because it works best for him. And, to help manage diabetes, he also takes vitamins and supplements.