Nick Jonas talks about being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13


Nick Jonas recalls being diagnosed with diabetes before receiving the Golden Glove award for his advocacy. (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation)

Nick Jonas reflects on his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

The “Jealous” singer, who on Wednesday received the Golden Glove Award from the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation for his diabetes advocacy, about what it was like to learn he had a chronic illness when he was just 13 years old.

Recalling that his life was ‘uprooted’ by the disease, which causes the body to create very little or no insulin, he explained: ‘I didn’t really know anyone in the public eye who was living with it at the time. .

To help others like him, he started talking about what it was like to live with diabetes.

“If me sharing my story over the past 16 years has helped anyone, that’s the point,” he explained.

Jonah, who with his wife Priyanka Chopra earlier this year, spoke to People about last year .

“When I was first diagnosed I was sitting in the hospital and honestly scared to death as I learned to deal with this new thing I was dealing with,” Jonas recalls to the magazine. “It would have been amazing to have someone to look at in that moment to say, oh, this is a person who lives with it and chases their dreams. They do what they want to do with their life and don’t don’t let that slow them down.”

Recently, Jonas and Chopra faced another health crisis. Their daughter, Malti Marie, spent 100 days in the NICU before being brought home.

In a on Mother’s Day, the couple wrote: “Each family’s journey is unique and requires a certain level of faith, and while ours has been a difficult few months, what becomes very clear in retrospect is that is how precious and perfect every moment is. We are thrilled that our baby girl is finally home, and I just want to thank all the doctors, nurses and specialists at Rady Children’s La Jolla and Cedar Sinai, Los Angeles, who have Been there selflessly every step of the way. Our next chapter starts now, and our baby is truly a badass. Let’s go MM! Mommy and Daddy love you.

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