- Nick Jonas was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at the age of 13. He is now working to raise awareness and help others living with diabetes live the best and healthiest lives possible.
- Jonas joined The Global Movement for Time in Range to talk about the benefits of time in range, which is the duration of time during which a person’s glucose levels are in the goal range.
- New technology can help those with diabetes monitor their condition more accurately than ever. Many people are not able to access it.
When he was 13, Nick Jonas, a pop star, was on tour with the Jonas Brothers. He sang his heart out when he arrived at the hospital.
“I was in really bad shape, actually. In just two weeks, I lost 20 pounds. I couldn’t drink enough water, was going to the bathroom all the time; very irritable, which is a symptom of high blood sugar,” he told Healthline.
“That was alarming and the start to my life with this disease. It’s pretty wild to think back that had it gone untreated just a few more days, it could have been really, really bad, but I got the care I needed when I needed it,” Jonas said.
He was back on the road performing with his brothers a few days later after his hospital stay.
“I’ve always been very determined and passionate about the work that I do. This was a scary kind of reality that I had to face, but not something where I was going to, for a single second, let it slow me down,” he said.
Jonas credits his progress to the support of family and friends.
“I think technology is incredibly important when it comes to life with diabetes, and it is a pretty crazy thing to think that even in my 16 years as a type 1 diabetic, how much has changed and how far the tech has come,” Jonas said.
Jonas and The Global Movement for Time in RangeAn initiative to promote the adoption of time-in-range as an important metric for diabetes management.
Dr. Minisha Sood, endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, explained that time in range is the duration of time during which a person’s glucose levels are in the goal range.
“We know that increasing time in range lowers hemoglobin A1c, and lower A1C is associated with a decrease in complications from diabetes,” Sood told Healthline. “Most health practitioners and patients use A1C to gauge someone’s glucose control, but time in range and using glycemic variability are important tools to give us the whole picture.”
Jonas found that time in range was a useful metric.
“Life-changing, in fact, to have a better sense where I’m at and where I’m headed in real time, and a bigger, broader view of my life with diabetes and how to live my happiest and healthiest life,” he said.
Jonas recently discovered that his A1C was the best it’s been since receiving his diagnosis, and said time in range is part of the reason.
He joined The Global Movement for Time in Range to raise awareness about the need for more global access to diabetes technology that can measure and control time in range.
Jonas will be using November to advocate for better access to diabetes care. InstagramTo #SeeDiabetes the world by sharing inspiring stories about people living with diabetes all over the world.
He’ll also speak candidly about his own diabetes journey on Nov. 16 — the anniversary of his diagnosis.
“What’s interesting about diabetes is that it affects so many people, not just the individual themselves, but their friends, family… should someone see something on my channel whether they are diabetic or not and being able to share that with someone they know who lives with the disease, is a really interesting and exciting thing to get to do,” Jonas said.
The Global Movement for Time in Range, 2020, conducted a survey among people with insulin-treated diabetes.
The survey revealed that 84 per cent of respondents with insulin-treated type 2 diabetes believe they should have the best technology to manage their disease. Many people are still not able access it.
“The underserved and overlooked individuals with diabetes do not have access to the best medications and devices, knowledgeable [healthcare professionals], proper education, and support,” Dr. Steven EdelmanHealthline was told by Professor Xavier Y., University of California, San Diego. “We really need to do something to help these people living with diabetes and their family members.”
Sood agreed and noted that people with diabetes are constantly fighting to reduce the cost of medications and supplies.
“They also struggle to gain access to the new and breakthrough medications due to high cost and other factors. When people with diabetes are hospitalized, they often must advocate for themselves because in-hospital diabetes management is woefully inadequate, generally speaking,” Sood said.
Jonas has teamed up with The Global Movement for Time in Range to help people understand that they are worthy of adequate care and give hope that they will be able to manage their condition well.
“When I was diagnosed, being in the hospital was bleak and honestly overwhelming and scary,” he said.
Jonas believes that if Jonas had heard someone he liked or looked up to discuss living with diabetes, it might have helped him to find normalcy.
He hopes to assist his fans in this way.
“I think the encouraging thing for them to know is that this is a manageable disease, and there may be a bump along the way, but you can do it,” Jonas said.
“If you can just take the pressure off yourself and allow yourself to go on that journey and do the best you can each day, then that’s all that matters,” he said.
Source: Health Line