Nick Jonas’ Tweet in response to CrossFit

This is a sequel to my previous post about the CrossFit’s CEO tweet.

Nick Jonas who has type 1 tweeted that CrossFit’s comments were “not cool” and “ignorant”.

He further advises the fitness company to know and understand the difference between type one and type two diabetes.  He says that sensitivity to all diseases and proper education on the cause and day to day battle is important.  Moreover, he stated in one of his tweets that “anyone can get T2 diabetes, even those with T1.”

Nick Jonas Tweet on People

With all due respect to Nick Jonas, his statement that people with T1D can get a T2D is a bit outdated.  He apparently thinks of an old system in which insulin-dependent patients were classified as having type 1, and non-insulin-dependent patients were classified as having type 2.  However this system was confusing and is now obsolete.  Insulin use among type 2 diabetes patients doesn’t mean that their diabetes has converted to type 1 and vice versa.  One can have type 2 for like 20 years and only then start taking insulin; still they have been a type two.

Still, I commend him for standing up for both type 1 and type 2.  Way to go, Nick! website has posted a comment on Nick Jonas’ tweet and stated that type 2 can be caused by a poor diet.  Oops, another misconception.

I quote, “Jonas who has lived with the disease for 10 years, has type 1.  Typically diagnosed in children, it’s a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.  Unlike type 2 diabetes which can be caused by a poor diet, type 1 is not the result of unhealthy habits.”

News flash, type 2 is not caused by “poor diet” or “unhealthy habits”, whatever that means.   Furthermore, today both type 1 and type 2 can be diagnosed at any age.

Kids can have type 2, and adults, type 1. This can present problems with diagnosing it as if a patient is middle-aged and overweight, an old school doctor will diagnose them as type 2.  A case at hand, a woman in her 50’s went to see her doctor for flu-like symptoms.  The doctor ordered blood tests; they came back positive for the high BG, so he diagnosed her with T2D and prescribed oral meds for type 2.  However the symptoms worsened so she went to see an endocrinologist who correctly diagnosed her with type 1 and put on insulin.  Her BG at the time was 700.    Source: Diabetes Self Management.


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