Nick Jonas is opening up about the scary events and near death experience that led to him learning that he has type 1 diabetes.
What’s up? It’s Emile Ennis Jr. here with Clevver News and just from looking at Nick Jonas or knowing his taxing tour schedule, you probably wouldn’t guess that he is battling a pretty serious disease.
But if you’re a true Jo-Bro stan, you know that Nick was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was only 13-years-old. He’s been pretty incredible at managing the disease ever since his diagnosis. Back in 2015, he even co-founded the organization Beyond Type 1 to educate people about the disease.
He starred in a Juvenile Diabetes awareness commercial. And last year on the 13 year anniversary of his diagnosis, he shared this lengthy post with an important message to his fans.
He shared this before and after pic of him and wrote quote, “3 years ago today I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The picture on the left is me a few weeks after my diagnosis. Barely 100 pounds after having lost so much weight from my blood sugar being so high before going to the doctor where I would find out I was diabetic. On the right is me now. Happy and healthy. Prioritizing my physical health, working out and eating healthy and keeping my blood sugar in check.”
He went on to thank his family and friends for supporting him and helping him get through the challenging times.But now, Nick is opening up about the terrifying course of events that led to him getting his formal diagnosis. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado, Nick revealed that if he wasn’t rushed to the emergency room when he was 13, he likely would’ve gone into a coma.
He said quote, “I was very close to a coma, like a day away, if I hadn’t gone to the hospital. I kept asking my parents — am I going to be okay? I was just so concerned that it was going to limit my ability to do all the things I wanted to do. I was very scared — it’s a big life change.”
Jeez that is extremely scary, especially for someone at such a young age. And if you aren’t familiar with Type 1 diabetes, don’t worry, I went on Web MD and figured it out for you so you don’t have to go down that dark hole.The type of diabetes that Nick has is a chronic condition in which the pancreas makes little or no insulin.Type 1 diabetes is way less common than type 2, which is the diabetes most people know about that affects the way the body processes blood sugar.
And according to the CDC only about 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes and it can have some really serious complications if it goes undiagnosed. Thankfully though, Nick caught it early enough so having type 1 diabetes wouldn’t compromise his life very much at all.
He wasn’t going to let it stop him from doing everything he wanted to do and more. He said quote, “I found out very quickly it’s a very manageable disease. As long as you’re really diligent.”
Which he definitely is. It doesn’t seem like Nick let’s his diabetes stop him at all. And if this story sounds a little familiar to you, it may be because Nick’s diabetes served as the inspiration for the Jonas Brothers song “A Little Bit Longer.” And here are some of the lyrics from the song, which in hindsight is actually really dark.
They say quote, “You don't know what you got till it's gone / And you don't know what it's like to feel so low / And every time you smile, you laugh, you glow / You don't even know.” Ugh, both my 16 year old and 26 year old heart cannot take this! In their book, Burning Up, Nick revealed the songwriting process for “A Little Bit Longer” and said the lyrics came to him while he was having a rough day with his blood sugar.
He said quote, “I was ... shooting Camp Rock, and I was having one of those days where my blood sugar was a little bit out of control. I walked into a banquet room at the hotel where we were staying and saw a baby grand piano. Nobody was in there, so I sat down and began to play. Fifteen minutes later, I called everybody into the room to come listen to the song. They all loved it. It was a really great feeling, because I had been feeling so down.” And luckily, Nick has been living his life pretty normally and fans love that he continues to be a voice for the disease. Literally same though.