Allie Beatty knows all too well that early detection of diabetes can significantly reduce the risk of additional complications.
Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications.
"My diabetes was not diagnosed until I was an adult and I paid the price," says Beatty. "I had 29 years of complications that included a coma, strokes, partial blindness, and kidney failure.
"There are over 8 million people in the US who have diabetes and don't know. I want to do something for those people, enabling them to get medical help before it's too late."
Beatty has reinvented Dip a Stick, a simple test for diabetes. The user just dips the stick into a cup of urine and the color-coding on the dipstick indicates the level of glucose. There's no need for a blood sample or a doctor visit.
Dip a Stick provides an accurate way to detect signs of diabetes and is inexpensive, painless and easy to use.
"Regular urine checks with Dip a Stick will help identify signs of diabetes," Beatty says. "It's important that you discuss the results with a healthcare provider. My experiences in life have given me the opportunity to develop a way for others to live a healthy life with early diabetes detection."
Beatty needs some help, however, in marketing this new product.
The budget for manufacturing, shipping and publicizing Dip a Stick is about $40,000. To generate this capital, she has launched an Indiegogo campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/dip-a-stick-for-diabetes--2.
Donations of any amount are welcome.
For a $20 contribution, backers will receive a package of Dip a Stick dipsticks. These are available in the US only and shipping is free.
Beatty, an active diabetes advocate, also has a free newsletter, Allie's Voice About Diabetes, which can be accessed at www.alliesvoice.com The newsletter, available through e-mail subscription, reports on cutting-edge diabetes research and includes product reviews and videos on relevant topics.
"According to healthcare providers, early detection and proper management of diabetes is instrumental to living a healthy life," says Beatty. "This type of campaign to raise awareness of diabetes was not around in 1985 when I was diagnosed.
"Using Dip a Stick to detect diabetes is as important as wearing a seat belt to reduce injury in a car accident."
For more, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/dip-a-stick-for-diabetes--2; the website, www.dipastick.com; or the Dip a Stick Facebook page, www.facebook.com/alliesvoice.
Beatty can be reached directly at 888-527-0509