New online store is LIVE!

I know we’ve been talking about this for a long time, but it’s finally happened: our new online store is up and running.

The new store is up at The most exciting part (we think) is the ability to oder subscriptions of GlucoLift, and have them shipped to you automatically every two months. There are limited subscription options right now, but if there’s something you’d like to see (or if you have any other comments or issues) please feel free to share them by writing to or sending us a message.

I’m not going to lie- there will probably be a few glitches with this store, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on things and doing whatever we can to fix them. Please don’t be shy about pointing them out, the faster we find and fix them, the better! Shipping to Canada is coming soon, with more countries after that.

Again, so sorry for all the delays, this should mark the end of our out-of-stock issues. We’ll work on a new system for getting back on Amazon in January, but I really hope that you like the subscription option and that it makes life easier and more convenient for you.

New web store coming soon!

Our web store is going to be down for a little while as we work on getting a brand new one up and running. One of the things we’re excited to offer at the new store will be the ability to purchase subscriptions, so that you don’t have to remember to order GlucoLift to make sure you always have some on hand (since usually we only remember we need something when we’re already almost out). In the meantime, the tablets are still available at We’ll send out an announcement to our mailing list when the new store is live, so if you’re not already a subscriber, now is a great time to sign up!

Help our Friend Jerry!



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!



Interview on TuDiabetes



Tomorrow I’ll be taking questions during a video interview on TuDiabetes at 1PM PDT. Feel free to come by and ask anything you’ve ever wanted to know about GlucoLift, the product or the company. The interview will be archived a few days after it happens, so I’ll come back and post the link here in case you miss it.


***UPDATE 5/22/14***

Here’s the link to the archived show:

Where is my GlucoLift?

A lot of you have probably noticed that supplies of GlucoLift have been low recently- no 3/6 packs, and no cherry until this week. Don’t worry, we are very (very very very very very) aware of the problem and have been losing sleep for weeks trying to get it fixed.

Here’s the story: we made a few changes to the tablets to make them dissolve even easier and faster, because that’s something that really matters to the bulk of our users. And it worked! Unfortunately, it added a few manufacturing challenges that took longer to work out than anyone anticipated.

The goos news is that they’re finally starting to come off the production line, and they’re great. It’s going to take a couple more weeks to finish them and get them all bottled and ready to ship out, but the wheels are turning and they’ll be here soon. We’ll announce it on FB/Twitter/our blog, and of course inventory will be updated on Amazon and our online store.

Thanks for your patience.

Video: How did GlucoLift start?

I know the point of videos is that you DON’T have to do a lot of reading, but let me just say this: I spent a lot of time working on this video. WAY too much time. Then, I basically gave up on it. Then, I was reminded/encouraged to finish it, and went back and did that and now…well, try not to think about the fact that this actually took a really long time to make (you’ll only be disappointed if you do that) and just enjoy.


Ira Cohen – A tribute to a great [diabetic] artist

collection of photographs by Ira Cohen in the GlucoLift office

For the past couple months, we’ve been getting set up in a new office space. Lots of travel has meant that it has proceeded slower than I’d prefer, but such is life.

Recently, we were able to carve out some space for a sitting area, which will hopefully get some use if anyone ever decides to visit us. Today, I put some art up on the wall.

photograph of Pharaoh Sanders by Ira Cohen in the GlucoLift office

Pharaoh Sanders















These photographs have been traveling around with me for over a decade, never having been hung or even framed before. They were taken by Ira Cohen in the late 1960s, and are the first photographs I ever purchased. Readers of a certain age will recognize Jimi Hendrix, William Burroughs, and Pharaoh Sanders, among others. All of these were shot in Ira’s mylar chamber, long before Photoshop and digital photography made manipulations like this commonplace.

photograph of Jimi Hendrix by Ira Cohen in the GlucoLift office

Jimi Hendrix

Ira was one of my first friends when I moved to New York in 1999 and began working in the art world. We would go to dirty gallery openings and poetry readings on the lower east side, and swankier events in Soho. Often, because he was already in his late 60s and moving slower, I would drive him home to his apartment on the Upper West Side, which was like a museum, piled high with untold treasures from a life lived in equal parts creating and witnessing some of the more important cultural movements in the second half of the 20th Century.

William Burroughs

William Burroughs

Ira was a poet, a photographer, a filmmaker, a publisher and a spiritual journeyman. He reeked of wisdom and adventure. He also lived with diabetes.

My years with Ira came before my own diagnosis, so my understanding of his condition was limited, and he rarely discussed it, but I do remember seeing him with his vial of insulin and syringe, which was probably my first recollection of those tools in person.

The last time I saw Ira was at a friend’s wedding in 2007, less than a month after my diagnosis, and it was clear that diabetes was starting to take a toll on his health. His feet were swollen and wrapped, and he was moving even slower than before. He didn’t offer me any guidance or warnings on living with diabetes, but it was one more thing we were able to share.


Self portrait- Astral Projections

Self portrait- Astral Projections

Ira passed away in 2011 of renal failure, no doubt a complication of many hard years of lifewith diabetes. Though Ira was a brilliant and highly regarded artist, and worked with many, many famous people, he was never a financial success (and by all accounts never aspired to be). In fact, some of my photographs were bought on a monthly plan to help him cover his bills.

In a day when almost any PWD with a modest amount of exposure in the entertainment world can expect to make the cover of Diabetes Forecast and gain the adulation of people with diabetes and their families across the country, Ira was a great artist who, to my knowledge, has thus far remained unknown to the diabetes community. It would be nice for more people to learn about the amazing work he did and celebrate all that he gave the world.

So after so many years, I’ve finally gotten around to getting his photographs framed, and, in a strange twist of irony, am hanging them in the office of my diabetes-focused business. Perhaps not nearly as exciting as many of the other walls his work has graced, but I hope a fitting home nonetheless.

So if you’re ever in San Diego and would like to drop in and say hi, and maybe peruse some beautiful work by an exceptional artist who happened to also live with diabetes, drop us a line.

You can learn more about Ira at his official website, and read his New York Times obituary here.

March Madness

It’s a busy month of shows for GlucoLift!

While we kicked off the month with a great TCOYD Conference in Tucson, the rest of March belongs to JDRF.

A fan stopped by the GlucoLift booth in San Diego

A fan stopped by the GlucoLift booth in San Diego

Last Saturday we hung out with our local chapter at their Meet the Scientists Day at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology. In addition to speeches by leading doctors and diabetes researchers, there was an exhibit area out in the glorious San Diego sunshine, with representatives from a number of companies and non-profits, including Insulindependence, TCOYD, Tandem, and Dexcom (all San Diego-based). In addition, TrialNet was on site doing blood draws for relatives of people with Type 1.

This coming Saturday we’re journeying east (just in time for a blast of winter weather) for the JDRF Research Summit in Bethesda, MD. Moderated by everybody’s favorite Miss America, Nicole Johnson, this event features talks on the Artificial Pancreas, islet cell encapsulation, and more, as well as youth programs.

Next Saturday, it’s back east again, this time to New England for JDRF Providence’s “Living Well with Diabetes” Expo, which will give us a chance to catch up our friends from Jerry the Bear, six until me, and Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes.

Finally, we’ll wrap up our shows for March with another TCOYD, this time a little closer to home in Santa Clara, CA (Still a flight, but a short one!).

We’re excited to have the chance to connect with so many people and show them that glucose tablets CAN be all-natural, non-chalky, and delicious. I hope some of you will be able to see us at one of these upcoming shows!

Wanna Get Physical?

Want to spend an incredible weekend with other PWDs, testing your physical limits, learning about diabetes from other people who are always on the lookout for new tips & tricks, and create some incredible memories? All within spitting distance of the Pacific Ocean and some of the most scenic beaches in the country? Of course you do!

The 2012 Insulindependence Northwest Passage Ragner Team

The 2012 Insulindependence Northwest Passage Ragner Team

GlucoLift is teaming up with Insulindependence to create two all-D teams for the 2013 SoCal Ragnar, from Huntington Beach to Coronado, on April 19-20. If you’ve never heard of a Ragnar before, here’s the definition from their website:

Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport. A team is made up of 6-12 individuals; each individual runs 3 legs. The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, from 3-8 miles, allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain. Pair that with crazy costumes, inside jokes, a great finish line party and unforgettable stories. Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it Ragnar.

We’ll have one 12-person team, and one 6-person “ultra” team. There are still a few spots left. For more information, or if you’re ready to sign up RIGHT NOW, email Brennan Cassidy at Insulindependence.  Your non-diabetic friends will be jealous.

A water break at last year's Ragnar.

A water break at last year’s Ragnar.

Riding on GlucoLift

Riding on Insulin Logo


Even though I’m still getting ready for this weekend’s Children with Diabetes event, it’s hard to keep my mind from drifting to the next rodeo on the calendar, a day at Snow Summit with the Riding on Insulin crew.

Riding on Insulin (ROI) is a great organization that introduces children with diabetes to snowboarding or skiing, through the instruction and inspiration of founder, pro-snowboarder, and fellow PWD Sean Busby and his wife/partner Mollie.  Participants are encouraged to learn more about their diabetes management and their potential as PWDs through the challenges and shared learning experiences that a day on the slopes provides.  Riding on Insulin has grown rapidly, and now has camps in 4 different countries (here’s their full 2013 schedule).

Not only will GlucoLift be passing out samples and giving away some prizes (not to mention be in the pockets of all coaches/volunteers), but I’ll be an on-mountain volunteer, which I’m thrilled about.  I started skiing when I was 4, and it’s always been one of my favorite things to do, and something I never considered giving up after my diagnosis.  Hopefully I’ll be able to share my passion for the mountain with the next generation, and pick up some on-slope diabetes management tips and tricks for myself!  There are still a few spots left for next weekend’s program, so if you’re interested, get in touch with ROI right away!