Singer Nick Jonas recounted the four symptoms his body began to exhibit before he was given a type 1 diabetes diagnosis in 2005 when he was 13 years old. The 30-year-old shared on Instagram that he has type 1 diabetes, which he said was characterized by extreme thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, and irritability.
“I noticed four symptoms of type 1 diabetes: irritation, frequent urination, weight loss, and extreme thirst. These are recognizable as typical type 1 diabetes symptoms. I’m sharing my signs with you so you can #SeeTheSigns, he wrote in the post’s description.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), type 1 diabetes is believed to be brought on by an autoimmune reaction, in which the body unintentionally fights itself and prevents the body from producing insulin.
According to Dr. Aarti Ullal, Consultant Diabetologist at Global Hospitals in Mumbai, type 2 diabetes is caused by relative insulin deficiency and insulin resistance, which can be treated with tablets initially and then insulin.
Type 1 diabetes is caused by an absolute lack of insulin and requires insulin as treatment from the beginning. Type 1 diabetes affects 5 to 10% of the population, she continued.
An estimated 8.4 million people worldwide will have type 1 diabetes in 2021, according to a study that was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. By 2040, this figure is expected to rise to 13.5–17.4 million. The report also revealed the ten nations with the highest estimated prevalence of type 1 diabetes, which account for 5.08 million or 60% of all cases worldwide: the United States, India, Brazil, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Spain.
Type 1 diabetes symptoms frequently appear suddenly. According to the CDC website, it is typically diagnosed in kids, teens, and young adults. Dr. Ullal noted that among other symptoms, “excessive thirst and frequent urination are osmotic symptoms caused to high levels of sugar in the blood that dry the cells,” which in turn causes an increase in liquid intake and frequent urine.
Additionally, losing weight is a significant indicator. Despite the fact that there is glucose in the blood, it cannot reach cells without insulin. Thus, proteins and lipids are digested and used as fuel, which causes weight reduction, said Dr. Ullal.
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Nick thought back on the day that left him “devastated, afraid,” but he never “slowed me down” on the 16th anniversary of his diagnosis.
“Because today marks the 16th anniversary of my diagnosis, it has special significance for me personally. I was thirteen and performing with my brothers. Additionally, I went to my parents and informed them that I needed to see a doctor since I had a gut feeling that something wasn’t right. My pediatrician informed me that I had type 1 diabetes after going over my symptoms.
The symptoms were all consistent with unidentified type 1 diabetes. I was terrified and inconsolable. Did this mean that my goal of traveling the globe to perform our music had to be abandoned? But I was determined, as I always have been, to keep moving forward despite it. There are difficult days, but I have a fantastic support network I can lean on to get through them and not be too harsh on myself when I’m feeling down,” he wrote on Instagram.
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In fact, I was in terrible shape. I dropped 20 pounds in under two weeks. I couldn’t drink enough water, I had to use the restroom a lot, and I was really agitated, which is a sign of high blood sugar, he said, according to a report from Healthline.
Nick was identified as having diabetes when his blood sugar level was found to be over 900 mg/dL (less than 140 mg/dL is regarded as the normal range). The beginning of my life with this sickness began with that terrible event. Nick was reported as saying, “It’s very crazy to reflect back that had it gone untreated just a few more days, it might have been really, really bad. But I got the care I needed when I needed it.