Superstar JDRF supporter Nick Jonas criticises ‘ignorant comments’ and calls for type 1 and type 2 diabetes understanding

Posted on 01 July 2015

The former teen heartthrob, famous for the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum pop band the Jonas Brothers he formed alongside his two siblings, responded passionately on Twitter yesterday to what he referred to as ‘ignorant comments’ from a fitness company that tweeted a fake Coca-Cola advert featuring the slogan ‘open diabetes’.

Jonas interpreted the tweet as offensive to people living with type 1 diabetes.

He also called for increased sensitivity to all health conditions and proper education on the cause of type 1 diabetes as well as on the day-to-day experiences of those living with the condition.

Nick Jonas, 22, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 13. He has since spoken of how he lost over a stone in two to three weeks before being diagnosed. The singer left a Jonas Brothers tour to consult with a doctor who found his glucose levels were very high. This, however, did not prevent Nick from reaching stardom and he re-joined the tour three days later.

After tweeting his disappointment on Twitter the singer received a wealth of support from many people who also live with type 1 diabetes and face misconceptions regarding the condition as part of day-to-day life.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic life-long condition where a person’s pancreas produces no insulin. The exact cause of the condition is unknown but is not linked to lifestyle or diet. Type 2 diabetes meanwhile is when a person’s body is unable to make enough insulin.

Because the precise causes of type 1 diabetes are not known, and type 2 has a greater media and public profile, many myths about type 1 diabetes continue to prevail. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by eating the wrong foods or too much sugar. In fact, it isn’t caused by anything that the child or parents did or didn’t do.

The debate on social media touched upon confusions surrounding what is known as double diabetes. Double diabetes is a term that is used to refer to a person with type 1 who develops insulin resistance and extra risk of cardiovascular problems (such as heart disease and strokes) in a way that is similar to people who develop type 2 diabetes.

Find out more about double diabetes.