WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- JDRF, a non-profit dedicated to type one diabetes research, says about 80 people a day are diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. Wilmington's Pamela Heyward has two...."type ones". What she invented for her kids makes her....Extraordinary.
"You tap it in your mouth," says Pamela Heyward.
And possibly avoid a day like this..."I remember medics coming in and me being on the floor and looking up at them."
Tayler is a diabetic. Eventually, Tayler's mother couldn't take those stories anymore. Pamela Heyward decided it was time to find a better way to 'elovate' low blood sugar. "I'm a mother of four children," said Heyward. "Two have type one diabetes."
The fear of what could happen next....
"Throughout my diabetic life, I've had lots of seizures," said her daughter, Tayler Allegret.
....sent this mom on a mission that began on a snow skiing trip.
"I just looked up at that mountain and I was like, what am I going to do? I don't want to take 4 or 5 glucose tablets, they'll break up," she said. "Can't take juice. How am I going to send them up there and hope they'll make it down. I need something convenient that fits in their pocket that delivers 15 grams in one serving."
15 grams of glucose to raise the blood sugar levels quickly, but safely. Three and a half years later, through time consuming testing and research, the reality is Elovate 15.
"Pour it in the cold water and it immediately dissolves," Heyward said as she demonstrated how it works.
A packet of powder that is daughter approved, says Tayler. "I ate the entire pack, we checked it every 5 minutes, it kept going up. It went up 56 points in 15 minutes and was perfect. It definitely worked and I was happy with the outcome because my blood sugar never plummeted, it stayed around 100 the whole night."
And to this mother who spent years with products that at times defeated their purpose...
"You end up over compensating so your blood sugar spikes, and then it plummets, then you have another low blood sugar," said Heyward as she spoke of past scenarios.
....inventing a better way to 'elovate' blood sugar was extraordinary.
And that makes her....well....you know....(Extraordinary)
Read more on Pamela Heyward's mission and invention via her product website---> www.elovate15.com <------