Nick Jonas is talking about the four signs he had before he was told he had Type 1 diabetes when he was in his teens. He is doing this to help raise awareness.
The singer, who is 30 years old, posted a short video on his Instagram page on Sunday, just in time for World Diabetes Day on November 14.
The short clip, set to the song “Eye of the Tiger,” starts with Jonas holding up four fingers while the words “The four signs I showed before I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes” appear on the screen.
The four warning signs are losing weight, having a lot of thirst, going to the bathroom often, and getting angry, then showing up, and Jonas points to each one. At the end of the video, the hashtag #SeeTheSigns appears, and the star gives a small smile.
The 30-year-old, one-third of the popular band Jonas Brothers, gave more information in the caption.
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“I’m telling people about my signs so they can #SeeTheSigns. Join me and share yours,” he wrote, tagging the non-profit he helped start, Beyond Type 1.
Jonas has been open about the fact that he has diabetes throughout his career. In 2018, he posted a picture of himself when he was 13 years old and when he was 26 years old.
“The photo on the left is of me a few weeks after I discovered I had cancer. Before I went to the doctor and discovered I was diabetic, I had lost a lot of weight because my blood sugar was so high. I am now on the right. At the time, he wrote that he was “happy and healthy.”
Type 1 diabetes happens when your pancreas “doesn’t make insulin or makes very little insulin,” according to the CDC. People usually find out they have type 1 diabetes when they are kids, teens, or young adults. But it can happen to anyone at any age.
“Without insulin, blood sugar can’t get into cells, so it stays in the bloodstream and causes problems. The organization’s website says, “High blood sugar is bad for the body and causes many of the signs and problems of diabetes.”
Jonas wrote in a post from 2018 about how he took care of his diabetes by putting his health first and “working out and eating healthy.”
“Don’t let anything stop you from living your best life. I appreciate all the kind words and support from my fans. He wrote, “It means more than you know.”
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