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 www.buyglucolift.com. 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 caring@glucolift.com 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 Amazon.com. 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!

Interview on TuDiabetes

 

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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: http://www.tudiabetes.org/video/live-interview-with-chris-angell-founder-of-glucolift

2013 Gluc-or-Treat Giveaway

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Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s Back!

 

Since it was so much fun last year, we’re bringing back our Gluc-or-Treat giveaway for 2013. Here’s how it works:

All you need is

•A Halloween picture (could be a picture of you in a costume, your child(ren) in a costume, your meter in a costume, your insulin in a costume, your insulin in a pumpkin, your GlucoLift in a costume…are you sensing a theme here?)

•A twitter account, Facebook account, OR an email account.

Here’s what you do: Any time between now and October 31st, post your photo. Like this:

For tweeters, follow @glucolift (so we can DM you instructions on how to claim your prize) and post it with the hashtag #glucortreat (no hyphens!).

For Facebook users, post your picture on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/glucolift)

For good ole fashioned email, send your picture to caring@glucolift.com with the subject “gluc-or-treat”

Every who “knocks on our door” will get:

•a sample of the NEW AND IMPROVED GlucoLift
•an empty GlucoLift travel tube w/ EZ-Flip lid
•a selection of GlucoLift stickers and temporary tattoos
•a coupon for 20% off your next order of GlucoLift tablets.

So, get gluc-or-treating!

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.

-Chris

Ragnar with Insulindependence

 

Insulindependence Glucolift Ultra Socal Ragnar

Anyone following us on Facebook or Twitter a few days ago will have seen a small flurry of posts about the SoCal Ragnar, a 195-mile relay race from Huntington Beach to San Diego.

Insulindependence organized two teams for this race, which GlucoLift sponsored: a 12-person team and the first-ever all type-1 Ultra team, which consisted of 6 people.
(you can read more about each team member here)

A Ragnar is a tough event, no matter which team you’re on. You run anywhere from 12-37 miles, both day and night, spread over 3-6 legs and around 34 hours. When you’re not running, you’re in a van with the rest of your teammates, heading to the next exchange point. Managing diabetes while enduring that much physical exertion, with little (or no) sleep, limited food options, and the challenge of actually finding your meter kit under the shoes, socks, water bottles and empty coffee cups littering the floor, is not to be taken lightly. Indeed, there were some potentially dangerous lows (one of which required glucagon) and some crippling dehydration/heat exhaustion experienced by both teams. Still, everyone managed to make it to the finish line.

It’s important to stress that we didn’t complete this race because we were teams of elite athletes (though there were a couple of those sprinkled in for good measure) or because we all have perfect blood sugar control. Blood sugars went as low as the 30s and as high as the 400s. We made it because we were regular (whatever the hell that means) people with diabetes who set a fantastic goal for ourselves and put in the work to achieve it. Most of us were able to set that goal because we were inspired by other people with diabetes who have achieved amazing things before us, and all of us hope that by completing this race, we will inspire other people to take on new challenges in their lives. But most important of all is this: we did not finish this race in spite of our diabetes, we all did it BECAUSE of our diabetes.

I ran the last leg for the 6-person team, which was supposed to be a five mile flat run from Point Loma to the Embarcadero behind the San Diego Convention Center. Along with a number of other runners, I overshot a turn (yes, I have lived in San Diego for 6 years) and ended up running onto and down Harbor Island, which, as the name implies, does not connect back with the mainland. This meant that I had to retrace my steps and add about a mile to the run. I was frustrated, tired, sore, hot, and losing steam. It was sunny and in the high 80s. I had slept about 45 minutes out of the previous 33 hours and hadn’t had a proper meal in as long. I had run almost 25 miles before I even started this final stretch. But after I corrected course, just as my spirits were at the lowest they’d been the whole race, a headwind began to blow on me. Normally, headwinds are unwelcome- you have to work harder, and you feel like you’re being held back. But at that moment, the wind focused my energy and quickened my pace. My head came up, my shoulders went back, my feet felt lighter, and I began to smile. It gave me something to push against, much the way diabetes has given me something to push against in my life, and focus my energy on accomplishing bigger things than I might have otherwise considered. It didn’t make my run easier, but it made it better.

Before I knew it, I was weaving through tourists in Seaport Village, and had crossed the street behind the Convention Center, with the end in my sights. I was waved into the corral heading towards the finish line. My team was there waiting for me and we all crossed together. It was a beautiful end to a great journey, in both life and diabetes, not despite the fact that it was challenging, but because it was.

Insulindependence Glucolift Ultra Socal Ragnar team

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.