“Diabetes can slow you down. It can make your life different. But it doesn’t have to stop you.”
Nick Jonas was diagnosed to have type 1 diabetes when he was still 13 years old.
Since the diagnosis, he has become an outspoken advocate of the life-threatening disease. He raises awareness on how to prevent such.
Thus, it’s just understandable for him to react to CrossFit’s tweet about “open diabetes” one day ago.
CrossFit is a global fitness brand that has thousands of gyms in the US and other parts of the world.
It offers special workout plans. With its effective marketing, it has earned hundreds to thousands of loyal evangelists.
But, recently, the company tweeted an insensitive message that made fun of Coca-Cola, a global beverage giant company.
On its tweet, it said “Make sure that you pour some out for your dead homies.” The tweet also featured a photoshopped illustration of Coke’s trademark ad “open happiness.”
But instead of “open happiness,” they replaced it with “open diabetes.”
Although it was meant as a joke and used to raise awareness about getting fit and avoid sugary drinks, a lot of people didn’t take it as a funny tweet.
Nick Jonas said that such comment was ignorant. He stated that CrossFit should be more sensitive about the disease.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is not an acquired disease. It’s an auto-immune disease that’s not the result of drinking too much soda.
With the company’s lack of knowledge, many people took offense on the comment, especially those in the diabetes community.
Although it was just a comment to raise awareness about the effects of drinking too much soda, CrossFit should have researched more before making a statement.
Nick was right. Proper education about the cause of the disease is important.
It’s true that the Coke brand and other sugary sodas have brought pain and suffering to their heavy drinkers. The more you drink of it, the higher your chances of getting diabetes and obesity.
But, as mentioned earlier, type 1 diabetes isn’t the result of drinking a lot of sugary beverages.
It’s also true that sugar alone won’t cause you to be obese. There are several factors that could cause you to be in that position.
However, one must understand that if you eat or drink too much sugar, you’ll surely get diabetes.
But there are different types of diabetes. Those who know the differences reacted negatively to the innocent joke.
Type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented. It’s type 2 diabetes that’s preventable.
So, when you think of diabetes as something that can be treated by living a sugar-free lifestyle, then you’re truly oversimplifying things.