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Ladies' Home Journal: Why did you decide to go public with your diagnosis?
Nick Jonas: I always felt it would be a way to encourage and inspire people. Most of time with diabetes, you don't look at it as an opportunity but more as a disappointing thing. I saw it as an opportunity. I saw I could use my platform to inspire people.
LHJ: You wrote a song, "A Little Bit Longer," because of your diagnosis. Has that song helped you cope with having diabetes and in what ways do you hope others can relate to your song?
NJ: I wrote it about one and a half to two years after I was diagnosed with diabetes. I wrote it as a self-therapy kind of thing because there was something in my heart that I needed to write. Then I heard from fans and people that that song helped them get through a tough time in life. Although that wasn't the initial goal of the song, to see that it did that was amazing.
LHJ: Your family has gone through this with you. What advice can you give parents of kids with diabetes?
NJ: I think that with diabetes it's not something that happens to the individual -- definitely a family thing, affecting everyone in family and surrounding family. So it's important to make sure the individual is an independent person.
LHJ: How have your fans helped your deal with the diagnosis?
NJ: They've come and told me stories about diabetes and how, "A Little Bit Longer" has inspired them. That just helps me get through moments of high blood sugar or low blood sugar.
Jonas uses Bayer's CONTOUR meter to measure his blood glucose levels. He set up a Web site with Bayer called Nick's Simple Wins. Go to the site to enter the Express Your Simple Win contest. Three grand-prize winners get to meet Jonas in person.
Originally published on LHJ.com, August 2009.