Type 1 Diabetes can affect anybody, including some of the world’s most famous celebrities. Arguably, one of the biggest “Celebrity Diabetics” is Nick Jonas.
Superstar singer Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 13, before going on to a have a glittering career in the limelight. Only recently, however did he reveal just how serious things became in the run up to the day of diagnosis.
The singer recalled the experience in a new interview with Cigar Aficionado, where he estimates that he was “ a day away” from being comatose.
“I was very close to a coma, like a day away, if I hadn’t gone to the hospital,” the 27-year-old said. “I kept asking my parents – am I going to be okay?”
Prior to the diagnosis, Jonas had begun displaying symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes. In addition to losing a considerable amount of weight, he had also developed a craving for sugary drinks.
When he was first brought to the doctor, Jonas’ blood sugar levels were at 917 – Approx 50mmol/l which is around 10 times the normal level.
“I was just so concerned that it was going to limit my ability to do all the things I wanted to do,” he recalled. “I was very scared – it’s a big life change.”
“I found out very quickly it’s a very manageable disease,” he said. “As long as you’re really diligent.”
“The fact that I get to be open and honest about this with my fans helps me actually feel like I’m not alone,” he said. “That’s been something they’ve told me quite a bit, that just me sharing my story helped them feel like they were less alone, and that’s the win.”
The singer’s experience with diabetes was also the inspiration for the 2008 Jonas Brothers song A Little Bit Longer.
At the time, Jonas said: “I had a day when my sugar was out of range, and I sat down at the piano and wrote it in 20 minutes.
“And it was because I had this strong inspiration. A lot of people have told me it’s inspiring.”