Country music star Eric Paslay long ago lost track of the number of times he’s interrupted a concert to take a few swigs from the red Solo cup he keeps perched on a nearby stool, up on stage with him.
“The crowd will be cheering, ‘Chug! Chug! Chug!’” Paslay says with a laugh. “I don’t always tell them it’s not beer— and that it’s actually a big batch of orange juice, which is my go-to when my blood sugar level is really crashing.”
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 10, the laidback, bushy-bearded singer-songwriter has long been focused on changing the way people — and especially other diabetics — think about this autoimmune disorder that affects 1.25 million. (Another 28 million in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes.)
“I’ve always wanted to make sure that type 1 diabetics know that there are others out there just like them who are rocking at life and that they’re not alone,” says the 36-year-old “Friday Night” singer.
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