Nick Jonas Diabetes.Org interview: As I’ve grown into a young man & my body has changed, I’m definitely noticing changes in my diabetes. It’s changing, it’s not like I get in a good place and it stays there. Every day I have to watch, to look at it, to make sure that everything is cool and still intact, to make sure I’m doing the best I can to manage it. There are definitely times, though, that..
..I feel like saying, ‘I don’t want to deal with this; I just want to have this Gatorade or slice of pizza and not have to deal,’ but I have to take it one step at a time, and I do. Like I said, I’m in my best health ever, and it helps now to be active like I am. I’ve always been really athletic and active, but today, it’s really just..
Working towards making sure that every part of my goal to keep my diabetes in check is there, from things like how I eat to how much time I spend in the gym or in a chair in the studio. The smallest things, like sitting in a chair in the studio all day, will cause my blood sugar to spike, it will just go high, so I have to be active in some way. So I go in the live room, play drums for a while, come back, and..
It’s all good.. Diabetes is not something I asked for, but it is something I do have to deal with. In a lot of ways, I’m thankful for it. It’s actually helped me as person to grow & really blessed me in a lot of ways.. Like, it’s made me strong mentally, in the sense where now I think about everything with logic because of diabetes, because it requires you to think with logic and to really think everything through.
I think living that way is better than living in a way that’s hazardous, where you’re not thinking things through. I was never any good at math till I got diabetes, and now I have to be really good at math, so it’s helped me there, too. [Laughs.]
..Right now, I’m not on the road. [The Jonas Brothers] just finished up in South America about three weeks ago, which was a great tour. So I’m back in LA Joe’s here, as well, doing some recording. Kevin’s in New Jersey with his in-laws and his wife. I’m doing some recording right now, it’s kind of a top-secret thing..
I’m doing, so I’m in the studio for about 14- or 15-hour days, every day. I can’t tell you what it is, exactly, but it will probably slowly come to light; it’s not all one project, it’s spread out over different things, but it’s really a fun thing.Also, the Jonas Brothers are still going to be rolling out new music, probably next year, at some point, but Joe needs time for his solo project, the music sounds great and I’m excited for the world to hear it, so we’ll just have to be patient.
The Jonas Brothers are definitely still together. Right now we’re doing different things, as individuals, but we’re always together. What about college? The idea of going to college is interesting to me. However, actually doing it, I don’t know if it’s something I’ll be able to do. There are just a lot of career opportunities for me right now, and what I’d be studying is what I’m actually out in the world doing, pursuing my passion, so I don’t know if it makes sense to get a degree.
Although I’ve also thought about majoring in English, that would be the other thing I’d like to do, so we’ll see. I’m not closing the door completely; I just don’t know if right now, at this moment, I can say it’s something I want to do. But I have looked at a couple of different schools, like Northwestern..
Which was an interesting experience. It was basically a summertime camp with a lot of high school kids, and, basically, it ended up that we had to quickly find a way out, it was good to just go and see the school, what it’s all about, although I didn’t get to see it all. ..I think the biggest misunderstanding that people have about diabetes is purely that it’s not all type 2.
Obviously, [types 1 and 2] are very different, and that can be frustrating, and I’ve talked to other type 1 diabetics about that before. With type 1, you can eat what you like as long as you take the insulin you need for it, as long as you stay on top of it & know what you’re eating and exercise, and just manage the condition. People are a bit uneducated about that. Not that anyone has been rude about it, but there are people who’ve tried to be my doctor & that’s kind of frustrating,
..because I definitely know more about my diabetes than they do. ..My diabetes has, at times, made relationships, specifically romantic ones, difficult, because it’s hard for other people to understand. I think if [a girlfriend] doesn’t have a clear understanding of what each high or low feels like, if I haven’t explained..
..enough, then that can be very confusing as to what I’m feeling at a certain point. I’ve had the great pleasure of being able to meet and to date some great people who do understand, and who are very sensitive, but also some others who didn’t quite understand, so those [relationships] are no longer in effect. Back to the first question: I do find time to date and I think that’s really important, I’m an 18-year-old boy, that’s kind of, like, what you do is date, but I try to keep the details of my dating life to myself.