Made in the Northwest: Glucose Revival

MEAD, Wash. — Its products are designed to help diabetics stay safe, stay active, and stay alive. Glucose Revival was founded by Kris Maynard of Mead, a type one diabetic himself.

More than 30 million Americans, or nearly 10% of the population, have diabetes. It’s a fact Maynard knows all too well.

“Working as a firefighter/EMT and living with diabetes for the last 20 years, I’ve seen and experienced myself the most common emergency that we face – hypoglycemia or low blood sugar,” Maynard said.

When he was diagnosed, he says he was kicked out of the military because of it.

“A few years ago, I lost my job for two years because of a low blood sugar. And so it was just something that I wanted to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else,” he said.

Maynard is an active guy, so he needed quick access to glucose while out biking or running. That led to the idea of a necklace with glucose gel in the tubing.

“So it just gave me an easy access to carry something, hide something, have something ready for me to be able to take care of that next low blood sugar,” he said.

That led to the founding of Glucose Revival and its thrive glucose gel necklaces, which are really easy to use.

“It’s a quick release with magnets on there, so it can be taken off in a moment’s notice. Then it just becomes uncapped and I can give it to myself by squeezing it. The gel right into my mouth,” Maynard said.

Glucose Revival recently came out with thrive replenish, as a way to easily refill the glucose gel in your thrive necklace. Early in the pandemic, Maynard made the necklaces available for free to healthcare workers on the frontlines.

“This is our one way to give back to our American people that are sacrificing daily during this hard time that we’re facing,” he said.

After recently learning his son will likely become a diabetic himself, his mission has even more meaning.

“To offer something that can help him live the fullest life. To help protect him. Yeah, it resonates and hits home with me,” he said.

But it’s not just about his family, he’s determined to keep fighting for diabetics everywhere because he says not enough is being done.