7 Celebrities Who Were Diagnosed With the Same Lifelong Illness
“Got the news today, doctors said I had to stay a little bit longer and I’ll be fine,” Nick Jonas croons in the Jonas Brothers‘ 2008 hit song “A Little Bit Longer,” which he emotionally wrote about his longtime battle with type 1 diabetes. The 23-year-old singer was diagnosed with the disease in 2005 when he was just 13 years old. Since NJ went public with the diagnosis in 2007, he has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the illness and be a positive influence to the thousands of others who also suffer from diabetes. But while Nick is perhaps the most well-known diabetic celebrity, he’s definitely not the only one.
In fact, the list of stars who also have type 1 diabetes include one of your Nickelodeon favorites, two very successful American Idol contestants, and a former Miss Universe winner. Click through the gallery below to see which celebrities battle the chronic illness every day of their lives.
Nick Jonas is one of the busiest young stars around, and he refuses to let his type 1 diabetes slow him down. The 23-year-old singer was diagnosed with the disease when he was just 13 and has since become an advocate for diabetes awareness and research.
"When I was first diagnosed, I didn't really know a lot about the disease," he told Entertainment Tonight. "So I was actually thinking I was going to die."
But since his initial diagnosis, Nick has become the face of living a healthy and happy life, even with a chronic illness.
"I'm in the best health I've been in, and I'm feeling really good about, not only my own life with diabetes and having tools I can manage it with, but also about the message that I have, which is to try to be an encouragement."