Country artist Ben Rue takes diabetes care on the road
Recently, we had the pleasure of passing a few hours in a tour bus with Ben Rue and his band, as they traveled between shows. We got a behind-the-scenes view of how he uses the Accu-Chek® Guide meter, so we asked a few questions.
You've been living with diabetes for 17 years, so what's changed over that time?
I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14. It was a tough, transitional time—I was just starting high school and learning to cope with this condition. I realized when I saw my mom's reaction to the diagnosis that this was going to be a life-changing experience. Now, I’ve had diabetes over half of my life and it still throws me curve balls.
How does your life of touring and being on stage affect your diabetes care?
My normal schedule is that I don't have a normal schedule. Every day is different, which means I never have a consistent routine. I’m either on stage, writing songs, on the road, working out or some mix of all those things. It can be very difficult to maintain great blood sugar numbers.
When playing on stage or working out, I have to keep my blood sugar slightly higher than normal because I know it will drop. In order to properly manage that, I have to test my sugars quite often with a meter I trust. I've been using the Accu-Chek Guide meter.
What do you like about the Accu-Chek Guide system?
As a musician, I'm constantly on the road, and never know what conditions I’ll be testing in. With a spill-resistant vial and a port light for testing day or night, the Accu-Chek Guide system is like an indispensable part of my crew!
Any other tips for keeping things steady when you're on the go?
I don't have the best memory. So as a kid, my family and I had to come up with a way to remember all the things I had to pack for school. Every day, my brothers or mom would ask, "You have your SKIs?" They meant Snack, Kit, Insulin. To this day, I still refer to my SKIs when traveling on the road.
Ben's latest release is called Back to the Nights. Give it a listen!
Ben Rue is a paid spokesperson for Accu-Chek.