diabetes

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A Spokane company is sending free glucose necklaces to diabetic first responders and health care workers around the nation.  

Kris Maynard is the owner of Glucose Revival and a diabetic firefighter. He created the necklaces for diabetics who wanted an easy-to-get-to source of glucose that they can consume when they need it. He calls the necklaces a diabetic’s version of personal protective equipment.

Spokane EMT Promotes Diabetes' Blue O

Dec 12, 2019
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It has been a busy year for Spokane area emergency medical technician Kris Maynard. Last summer he and his wife opened a new company, Glucose Revival, and began selling the necklaces for diabetics that Maynard invented. Those necklaces contain glucose that diabetics can ingest when they feel the need.

In addition to his business, Maynard is working to elevate the public profile of diabetes, so that it’s on par with diseases such as breast cancer.

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Today on Inland Journal, we talk with a Spokane inventor about his product that goes on the market today [Monday]. Kris Maynard is a Spokane area emergency medical technician. He also happens to be diabetic. Over the years, he has struggled with keeping his blood sugar levels steady, especially when he goes out to run. So he developed a necklace filled with glucose that allows him to ingest the gel when he feels the need.

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Diabetics have many strategies when it comes to handling fluctuations in their blood sugar. Some carry candy bars or other foods to eat when they feel their blood sugar running low. Fairc hild Air Force Base firefighter/EMT Kris Maynardhas devised his own solution and is looking to bring it to market.

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One of Van Dongen’s emphases is looking at the physiological effects of working swing and graveyard shifts.