R&B star Usher raises awareness about diabetes

R&B star Usher raises awareness about diabetes

Usher has a son with diabetes, and he wants lawmakers in America to make it easier for people to get screening for the condition...

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American singer Usher visited Capitol Hill this week to raise awareness about diabetes.

The 45-year-old has a child who suffers from type 1 diabetes and is doing everything in his power to make it easier for families to cope with the condition. 

The 'U Got It Bad' hitmaker discussed type 1 diabetes screenings and insulin-related issues with lawmakers.

"Really great to be able to be here in the city today, be able to share my story. Today, just talking about type 1 diabetes and early screening for type 1 diabetes,” The Hill quoted him as telling reporters. 

Usher also took to Instagram to explain why he is passionate about shining a spotlight on diabetes.

"As a parent to a child with type 1 diabetes, I’m passionate about early screening. Yesterday, I was in Washington, D.C., for the #ScreenForType1 Summit and I also met with legislators on Capitol Hill to discuss the need for preventative T1D screening and expanded federal support for screening," he wrote.

The singer encouraged his followers to find out more about diabetes screenings.

"I urge you all to talk to your doctor about screening and 1 by 1 your support will help drive #The1Pledge movement."

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According to Mayo Clinic, type 1 diabetes typically appears during childhood, but some people can also get diagnosed as adults.

There is no known cure for type 1 diabetes, and patients need to focus on "managing the amount of sugar in the blood using insulin, diet and lifestyle to prevent complications."

Several celebrities have opened up about having diabetes. Nick Jonas and Halle Berry also suffer from type 1. 

"18 years ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. My family, especially my Mom @mamadjonas, noticed a change in me & saw the four major signs that we now know are symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes," Nick wrote in a post he shared on Instagram in November 2023. 

Nick also listed the four symptoms he experienced before being diagnosed.

  1. frequent urination
  2. excessive thirst
  3. exhaustion
  4. unexplained weight loss.

"I was lucky enough to have this incredible support system around me that noticed these signs, helped me make the decision to get checked and ultimately saved my life. As a new father myself, I understand how important it is to be on the lookout for these signs as my daughter grows up," he wrote. 

ALSO READ: Half of the people suffering with diabetes are currently undiagnosed


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