Nick Jonas and Bayer Diabetes Care Awards Prizes to Children with Diabetes

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Bayer Diabetes Care and Nick Jonas awarded the three grand prize winners of Bayer’s “Express Your Simple Win Creativity Contest”. The contest entrants were all children living with type 1 diabetes.

The contest was established as part of Bayer’s and Jonas’ partnership to educate and motivate people living with diabetes. The grand prize is a meeting with Nick Jonas. More than 160 children entered the contest.

To enter the contest, children with type 1 diabetes, previously called juvenile diabetes, created a 15-30 second video that expressed their “Simple Win” – small, every day victories for managing diabetes that add up to big differences over time. The videos included original lyrics, drawings, photos, or other creative ideas.

The winners are:
• Caleb, age 6, from Danbury, CT, whose dream is to become a major league pitcher
• Bradley, age 11, from Monaca, PA who loves to sing and has written his own songs
• Lauren, age 16, from Gurnee, IL who volunteers with organizations in her hometown. She said “I love helping others who need help because I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by living with diabetes. Having a support system makes the struggle easier.”

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Nick Jonas, the popular teen singer in the band The Jonas Brothers, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November 2005. He suffered from a 15-pound weight loss, irritability, excessive thirst, and frequent urination in the months preceding the diagnosis. When initially seen, his blood sugar was over 700. Normal blood sugar is between 90 and 100.

Those with type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections, because the pancreas has stopped producing insulin, which removes glucose from the blood stream and delivers it to cells where it is used for energy. Many young people with diabetes, like Jonas, can wear an insulin pump to improve their quality of life while managing their blood sugar. Currently, about 15,000 people are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year.

Nick Jonas partnered with Bayer HealthCare in 2008, hoping to serve as an inspiration to others living with type 1 diabetes. The Jonas family has also begun a foundation called ChangeForTheChildren.org to help with awareness of the condition.

Bayer Diabetes Care, with headquarters in New York, is a leader in diabetes monitoring systems and other products and services that simplify the lives of people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

If you are looking for simple helpful tips to live well with diabetes, Bayer offers Webinars in 2010. Each is a one hour presentation by a diabetes coaching expert followed by a question and answer session for participants. Bayer has also partnered with Dr. Stephen Covey to offer the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Diabetes, written in collaboration with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and featuring Dr. Covey’s famous 7 habits, tweaked to support those with diabetes and their families. Both resources can be found at www.simplewins.com.

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