“This Year Has Been Really One Of My Hardest”: Usher Reveals That One Of His Sons Was Diagnosed With Diabetes

April 23, 2014  |  


Source: WENN

While The Voice fans can see Usher all smiles and upbeat on the show each week, the singer says that he’s been having a tough time recently, and a big reason for that is because one of his sons was diagnosed with diabetes. When speaking with NBC’s Today, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Usher briefly spoke about his personal struggles. He didn’t specify which son has the disease between Usher Raymond V, 6, and Naviyd, 5, but he did say that his son has type I.

“This year has been really one of my hardest years – I lost my grandmother, my son was diagnosed as being a type one diabetic. It has definitely been a difficult one for me, man.”

To be clear, type I diabetes is when your body’s immune system attacks your insulin-producing cells. It’s considered “uncommon.” This is far different from type 2, a very common form of diabetes, where insulin in your body isn’t being used properly, or there isn’t enough insulin, therefore allowing glucose to build up in the blood and affect the body’s cells.

Those diagnosed with type I can still live healthy, and many do so daily with the help of insulin injections, meal planning, insulin therapy and more.

Usher is doing everything possible to make sure his son will live healthy and happy. He said in the “Today” interview that even while he works on-set of The Voice, he tries to make time to read up on his son’s dietary requirements.

“Sometimes you’re looking at me and we’re off camera, and I’m online looking at numbers, trying to make sure he’s eating properly. It’s crazy.”

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  • There are a lot of misconceptions about type one diabetes. It is an autoimmune disease. It is not caused by what you eat, what you weigh or how much you exercise. The immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. If insulin is not injected through shots or a pump, it is fatal. Testing blood sugar, carb counting, injections and vigilence become a way of life. Sending well wishes to Usher and his family as they adjust to their new “normal”.

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  • Ms. Lady

    Usher should sit down with a group of people that have Diabetes 1. Listen to them and learn different ways of how to live with and deal with the disease. It’s not a death sentence as long as they live a good healthy lifestyle.

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  • Wanda Simpson

    I am a type 1 diabetic, its is called juvinile diabetes because it is most common in children. If he watches his diet, checks his glucose numbers and gives him his insulin then he can keep it under control, the good thing is he can afford good healthcare and nutritional care. God bless the baby, and both parents,

    • seant426

      Juvenile-onset and Adult-onset diabetes are terms no longer used by the medical community because they are misnomers. Insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent are the terms now used.

      • Wanda Simpson

        Tell that to my Dr.

  • juicyco

    good lord those boys are going through just be strong and supportive usher and tamika