If you have to lift, try GlucoLift

GlucoliftairlinedrinkGlucoLift…sounds like some kind of super-fab brand name from the 1960s, right?  Maybe it was for a hair product to craft the perfect beehive “do”, or a popular baking yeast, or better yet some groovy, airline cocktail that you could only get on board an international Pan Am flight.  I mean…check out the cool, retro, rocket logo and the little stickers that add an “ed” on the end of the logo, thus proclaiming you “GlocoLifted.”


So, what is it really?  Glucose tabs, of course (this is a diabetes blog after all).  Besides the cool name and logo, why do I like them?  Do they taste good?  Well, um no….they’re glucose tabs.  But they do taste better than any other tabs I’ve had…and I’ve tried lots of tabs.   I’ve found some I can stomach and some that I’ve actually gone out of my way to return because they tasted so bad.  GlucoLift tabs also manage to be much less chalky than other brands.  Of course, to avoid the unpleasant chalky texture altogether you can get single-serve gels and liquids, which don’t taste half bad, but around here they’re 2-3$ a tube.   Treating a low with GlucoLift costs about 84 cents.  That’s a big difference when you might have 1 or 2 lows a day!   So “thanks” to all those companies out there making liquids and gels but I think I’ll save my “drinking” money for Starbucks and Guinness.

As for GlucoLift flavors, I use Orange Cream and Wildberry.  I leave the Orange Cream by the bed for night lows.  They aren’t terribly sweet or shockingly tart, so I like to think the mild flavor won’t wake me up as much.  To keep things interesting, I use mostly the Wildberry during the day, which taste a little stronger to me.  I haven’t tried the cherry flavor, as I have a general aversion to most things cherry-flavored.

I love that the company donates 1% of its profits to 1% for the Planet, especially since diabetes is associated with environmental risk factors.  I also appreciate that they only use natural dyes.  There has been an ongoing debate on adverse health affects of artificial dyes for years.  Should we trust the FDA to have our healthiest interest at heart or in the end is it all about the bottom dollar for the food industry giants?  For me, if I can use natural dye instead of artificial its one less adverse health unknown to deal with.  Don’t we already have enough health conditions to worry about?

GlocoLift logoOne small GlucoLift nitpic is that they don’t fit in tubes from other glucose tab manufacturers.  I like to refill and reuse these, so I can leave tubes of tabs in multiple bags, cars, etc.  They do fit in the GlucoLift tubes, which you can purchase separately, so no biggie in the end.  Bottom line:  Next time you need to restock on (blech) glucose tabs, remember it’s a bird, it’s a plane…no, it’s GlucoLift!

GlucoLIft Website

Forbes Magazine, “Living in Color: The Potential Dangers of Artificial Dyes.”

Will My Kids Develop Type 1 Diabetes Too? Is There Anything I Can Do About It?

As a mother with T1 diabetes (and Grave’s disease) I can’t help but wonder “Is my child more likely to develop one of these conditions and if so, is there anything, no matter how small, that I can do about it?”

You’ve probably all heard the term “genetically predisposed to diabetes”.  What does it mean?  Basically it means that you were born with certain genetic markers (that’s just a small piece of your DNA) and research has shown that if you have these certain genetic markers you’re more likely to develop Type 1 diabetes than if you don’t.  We have no control over our DNA, so if we have them, we were born with them and that’s that.  The same goes for our children.  (Read a summary from Joslin Diabetes Center about what you’re child’s genetic risk may be based on relatives with T1).

Outside of the world of genetics though, there are lots of other factors that have been shown to increase (or decrease) your risk of developing T1 diabetes, including environmental factors (like certain things you eat or don’t eat), and your microbiome (that’s the “usually good” bacteria that live inside your body all the time….eww!).  Researchers are doing more and more studies on these other factors every day.  When factors are shown to increase your risk of developing T1 diabetes they’re called risk factors but when they’re shown to decrease your risk of developing T1, they’re called protective factors.  Ahh, as a parent I really like the sound of that…protective factors….

There isn’t anything I can do about my children’s genetic risk factors, or their microbiome (yet), but what about the environmental stuff?  Are there any protective factors, even if they’re small, that I can integrate into our daily lives?  In short, the answer is yes.

Will they actually help to protect my kids?  I’ll probably never know…but turns out most of these small changes, largely related to diet and our environments, are healthier choices for the whole family anyway, so why not try?

Some of the first protective factors we can control as parents are related to infant diet (but there are others that apply post-infancy).  Infant diet protective factors include:  longer duration of breastfeeding (at least 4-6 months), and waiting longer to introduce cow’s milk products (at least 8 days).

As a T1 diabetic these reasons were some of the most important ones for me when I chose to breastfeed my kids…and the main reason I really pushed myself to continue with it for at least a full year.

psst…I’ll be posting about other risk and protective factors periodically under the tag “Type 1 diabetes pathogenesis”.