Nick Jonas Diabetes Mine interview: ‘From day one, it was my call. I wanted to first be comfortable w/ it, then once I felt I was in a good place with my diabetes, I was ready to go out there and share it.’ What is it like to possibly be the most famous spokesperson for diabetes ever? ‘It’s hard to believe.
Actually, I don’t think of myself that way. I think I’m just another person out there living with diabetes. I am blessed to be able to connect with people who’ve just been diagnosed and offer them the comfort of knowing that someone else out there is also living with this thing and doing well with it. That gives me so much satisfaction!’ How can you tell that you’ve made a difference?
‘A lot of people come to me and say, ‘I was alone, and then I saw you also living diabetes and I didn’t feel so alone anymore.’ That’s a great thing! When I hear that, I tell them, ‘Keep your head up. It’s tough in the beginning. It can be over whelming, but it’s going to be all right. You can do anything you want with
diabetes.’ What about at your concerts? ‘Several times people will pull up their shirts to show their pumps on their bellies. In the beginning I was like, whoa! When they first start lifting up their shirts, you really don’t know what’s coming.. And when the really little ones come up and show their pumps, that’s so cute. The pump looks like it weighs a bit more than they do.’ Still a pumper?
Do you use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) system? Still a pumper, yes. I have tried CGM, and I want to get back on it again. When I did, it was one of the first-generation devices, which was good, but a bit more difficult to use than I would have preferred. I have seen the new ones, and they look really powerful and useful, so I’m hoping to get on one of those soon. When the schedule
..gets crazy, we don’t lose sight of making sure my blood sugar is on track. It becomes even more important. Everyone’s on top of it, knowing what they need to do if a situation should arise.. A lot of our team has gone to diabetes
education classes and learned what to do for situations may become difficult.. I always keep apple juice on the side of the stage, always ready to go just in case. If I need it, I just give them the signal. a look and I point down. and they know what to do. My guitar tech walks out and gives me a quick apple juice.’