He has been taking the country music by storm all the while living with a chronic condition that he’s had since he was 10-years-old.
Eric Paslay, known for his hits “She Don’t Love You” and “Friday Night”, is opening up about his life with diabetes and how it affects his touring career.
He was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when he was just 10-years-old when a nurse noticed his excessive thirst. The condition is caused by the pancreas producing little to no insulin.
“As a kid I definitely had a few seizures. Having a really low blood sugar level, you wake up and you’re just like, ‘What happened?’ You just feel like a fool,” Paslay told PEOPLE during an interview. “It’s this delicate balance of keeping a good blood sugar level. And yeah, I’ve definitely had scary moments on stage where there’s been some random, mumbled, made-up words as I’m just searching for energy to stay awake.”
Now, his wife and his tour manager have a system. Paslay has recently teamed up with Dexcom, which constantly monitors his glucose levels and can be programmed into your phone. If his manager or his wife sees that his levels get too low, they immediately signal him to drink some orange juice, which he always keeps on stage.
“I use a lot of energy – I’m up there anywhere from an hour to two hours,” he says.
Watch one of his high-energy performances below.
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