GlucoLift Inventory

We’ve gotten a lot of questions recently about when GlucoLift will be back and stock, and if we’re even still in business, so I want to address those.

First of all, YES, we are still in business and still making product.

We were hit by a back-to-school rush that totally caught us off guard, and left us scrambling to keep up with demand. Since then, we’ve had some small re-stocks that have sold out almost immediately. We now have some larger quantities of some items coming, but not as fast as we’d like. Some of this is due to issues with suppliers that are out of our control, and some of it is my fault for not better anticipating this possibility.

I take the trust you’ve placed in our product very seriously, and I know that means not only being committed to the quality of our tablets, but their availability too. It doesn’t do any good to make a better glucose tablet if no one can actually get their hands on them.

We’re working as hard as we can to get over this outage, and, more importantly, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

There will be smaller quantities arriving in batches to both Amazon and our web store over the next few weeks (they will be available at both simultaneously- Amazon manages and fulfills our web store orders from their inventory). In order to make product available as quickly as possible, we won’t be assembling any multipacks for the time being. Once our supply is assured for the foreseeable future we will take another look at that option.

Thanks for all your support and for your letters of concern and kind words about GlucoLift. It means a great deal to me personally, and makes me regret this situation even more.

We will be announcing re-stocks to our mailing list when they are confirmed. If you would like to receive those emails but aren’t currently subscribed, you can sign up here.

Thanks again for your support and your notes of concern.

-Chris

Help our Friend Jerry!

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If you follow diabetes news through social media, then you’ve probably seen at least some mention of Jerry the Bear’s Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign, either because of their charmingly audacious goal of delivering the largest reward in crowd-funding history, or because they hit their first fundraising goal in under 5 days. In either case, you probably got the sense that these people dream big and know how execute. And you’re right.

I first met Jerry, and his founders Aaron and Hannah, at Children with Diabetes’ Friends for Life conference in Orlando in 2012. This scruffy kid in a bear suit was walking around the exhibit hall meeting exhibitors and talking to kids. So we chatted off and on during lulls in foot traffic, and I learned more about the stuffed bear who was going to teach kids about diabetes. I assumed Aaron was their summer intern, or maybe even a local Orlando teen hired to wear the suit and man their table for a couple days. Then I met Hannah, who seemed just as young, but equally energetic and excited about Jerry. I remember thinking “wow, I wish I could find booth workers this good!”

On the last day of the product fair, I got to film Aaron-as-Jerry in a dance-off with Dr. RiCureDi, the Diabetes Research Institute’s bear mascot. For anyone lucky enough to bear witness [sorry!] it was a highlight of the day.

It was only as the show was ending that we exchanged cards, and I saw that Aaron’s title was CEO. I’m pretty sure he was 22 at the time. Then I learned that not only had Hannah co-founded Sproutel (the company that makes Jerry), she had also co-founded Design for America, and was named one of the 15 women to watch in technology by Inc. Magazine.

So what were these overachieving entrepreneurs doing having dance-offs in bear suits? Well, when they first started going to shows, Aaron tried dressing more like a manager, but Hannah insisted on the suit. What they found was that kids, who were going to be their customers, were shy and distant around Aaron, but totally comfortable opening up to a giant stuffed animal. That’s how they’ve been so successful creating a product that’s such a hit with kids: by talking to them, making something, showing it to them, and then talking some more, until they got to where they are now. But I know they won’t stop here. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’re just getting started. So by supporting their campaign, you’re not just helping get a valuable learning tool into the hands of a kid whose life will be so much better as a result, you’re investing in two people who are going to bring their creativity and determination to a lot more problems before they’re done, and share a whole lot of fun along the way.

Fund Jerry the Bear’s Indiegogo campaign here.

If you’d like to participate in their referral program, follow these three steps:

1. Create an Indiegogo account.
2. Use the share buttons below the video to share your referral link with your social network!
3. If 10 people contribute to our campaign using your referral link, you’ll be among the first to receive Jerry the Bear!

 

 

New Glucolift Availability in Omaha and Honolulu

While GlucoLift is still mostly available online and at certain diabetes events, there are two new places now carrying our tablets, one in Omaha and the other in Honolulu.

In Omaha, you can now buy all three favors of our delicious glucose tablets at Diabetes Supply of the Midlands, located at 2910 S 84th St, Omaha, NE 68124.

In Honolulu, our tablets are available at InControl Diabetes Learning and Resource Center, located at 1449-A S. Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96814

So if you’re in either of those areas and need some tabs in a hurry, stop on by!

Non-GMO Status

I’m sorry to have to report that as of our last manufacturing run, GlucoLift® tablets are no longer certified as non-GMO (any tablet with a rocket on its surface from this run, tablets without rockets are from our non-GMO runs). This is not by choice. As many of you probably know, GlucoLift® had been GMO free since we started, and we are proud of that. We believe that people should know what is in their food, and want to help people make informed decisions about what they eat and what they feed their loved ones.

We have consistently advocated for more regulation/transparency regarding GMO labeling, and in a funny way, we now find ourselves victims of that advocacy work. Greater publicity has led to public pressure for states to adopt laws concerning GMOs, and recently Whole Foods Market announced that they will begin to require GMO labeling for all products sold in their stores beginning in 2016. This has prompted many larger companies who previously did not show interest in the GMO issue to look at converting some of their products into non-GMO. On the whole, this is a good thing, but in the short term it means that certain non-GMO ingredients are in very short supply. You can read about this in more detail in this article from the New York Times.

Unfortunately, small companies like ours are often at the back of the line when it comes to getting access to a limited supply of in-demand ingredients. As a result, despite the fact that we began sourcing ingredients in the fourth quarter of 2012 for a recent manufacturing run, we were informed in March 2013 that our order would no longer be fulfilled. Searching other vendors proved equally fruitless- we were told the wait could be at least a year.

So we were faced with a choice: run out of tablets, and, essentially go out of business, or substitute another ingredient and continue to produce our tablets with the best ingredients available to us. We chose the latter option. While we still use no artificial colors or flavors (and our colors and flavors remain non-GMO) we are using a dextrose whose GMO status is not certified. Sad to say, but when a status isn’t listed, chances are it comes from at least some GMO crops.

To be clear, if I thought that there was conclusive evidence that any of our ingredients were dangerous, we wouldn’t use them. From a health-risk standpoint, I’m far more concerned about artificial food dyes/colors than I am with GMO dextrose. Still, I’m actively searching for new sources of non-GMO dextrose, and of ways of ensuring a consistent supply once I do. As always, I’ll be completely open and transparent about what’s in our product, and welcome any questions or comments. You can write me directly at chris@glucolift.com.

We’ll continue to support greater regulation and labeling of GMOs in the hopes that ultimately it will lead to increased supply and lower prices of non-GMO ingredients.

I hope you still find GlucoLift® to be the best glucose product on the market, and feel confident that we’ll keep working to make it better.

-Chris

Christopher Angell
Type 1 since 2007
Founder + Chief PWD
GlucoLift All-Natural Glucose Tablets

 

Created by a Person with Diabetes

All too often, it seems like products were not designed by the same people who have to use them. Everyone can make a list of changes they’d like to see in the products and devices they require to manage their health. GlucoLift All-Natural Glucose Tablets were created by a person with diabetes (PWD) who knows first hand what it’s like to have low blood sugar, and is painfully aware of the short-comings of existing glucose tablets: bad taste, chalky aftertaste, artificial ingredients, face-puckering sourness (especially when eating more than one) and dextrose made from genetically modified (GMO) corn. GlucoLift was created so that people with diabetes (and everyone who uses glucose products) can have a safe, natural, delicious, and effective way to raise their blood sugar.

 

All GlucoLift

  • Raises Blood Sugar FAST
  • Lifts Energy
  • Contains Nothing Artificial
  • Tastes Great
  • Dissolves Clean and Fast
  • Has an EZ FlipLid™
  • Is Non-GMO