Today, I’m pleased to announce the launch of The SugarCube, a product for those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. This state-of-the-art system allows diabetics to lead more normal lives thanks to a small, transportable testing devices, a mobile app, and a website. My goal is to let diabetics ditch their large testing kits and regain their freedom.
I, for one, never want to carry a backpack with diabetic supplies into a restaurant, movie, or party ever again.
My journey with diabetes started in 2009 when my mother’s last request was for me to get a physical shortly after her last days of battling cancer. I had spent the last few months of her illness driving to upstate New York from Brooklyn as often as possible, fueling up with soda, coffee, and candy. I wasn’t sleeping enough and the effects from stress were obvious. A physical, I reasoned, would probably do me well, even though I expected a clean bill of health.
The first day, my blood test showed elevated blood sugar levels; but I considered them a fluke. Instead, it was recommended I take two more tests. The third test results showed that my blood sugar had went from 330-580 mg/dL and my A1C levels were 11.3. My doctor was in awe that I was standing in front of him with a confused look on my face, “I feel fine!”, I told him.
I had always known diabetes was in my future; I had part of my pancreas removed as a teen from a sporting accident. I just hadn’t expected to get the diagnosis so quickly and so young in my 30s. Nor did I expect that I would be handed one test kit and a two-page “instruction” pamphlet at the hospital and then released.
I thought my life was over. I didn’t understand what was happening and why it was happening to me.
Feeling sad, frustrated and unhappy I turned to my family and friends for help, they all began to educate themselves about diabetes, and how I can take on this new path on my life. I found myself frequently calling my doctor to learn more about coping with the disease. Throughout the learning process, I did my own research, met with countless diabetics experiencing the same issue and continued trying multiple products available on the local pharmacy shelves.
None of these items made life any easier! They were too bulky, they didn’t always giving accurate readings and I felt all of them were too expensive.
It was then; I had the ah ha moment…
That’s why I created The SugarCube — A Bluetooth® technology enabled glucose testing kit that supports insulin delivery and communicates with its SugarCube mobile App. The two work simultaneously to provide simpler diabetic lifestyle management, and a open community feature that allows diabetics to reach out to others for support in making healthier lifestyle choices.
With The SugarCube, I want to change the way diabetics manage their condition to improve their quality of life. I set out to make this change not only for myself, but also for the same people struggling to balance diabetes and everyday life. It took my wife and I over two years to design these devices, and we’re thrilled to finally make this announcement.
We invite you to Join The Diabetes Management Revolution to help get The SugarCube into the hands of people who need it most – (Click to Share)
Our crowdfunding campaign will launch on November 12, 2015 and we’d love to earn your support to help diabetics get their lives back!
Johnnie J. Refvik
CEO & Founder
Refvik Technologies, LLC.