Diabetes Patient Works on Simple Test to Help With Early Detection

An estimated 8 million people have diabetes and don't know it. Diabetes complications can be serious, and some of those people may end up having a health crisis before they get diagnosed. In the meantime, diabetes might be doing irreparable damage to their bodies.

Allie Beatty suffered serious complications, including strokes, partial blindness and kidney failure before it was discovered that she was a diabetic. Now, she hopes to help others prevent that fate with early detection.

Dip and Stick

Beatty created a urine dip stick to test for diabetes. Color-coding on the stick will tell a person if the glucose levels in their urine indicate they are at risk.

For people who are at risk, this could really help with early detection-- you don't need to wait for a doctor's appointment, or get blood drawn. A simple dip-stick test on a regular basis can help you keep a watch for the disease.

Fundraiser

Currently, Beatty is raising the funds to manufacture and market her product. If you donate $20 to her fundraiser on indiegogo.com, you'll receive a Dip a Stick package.

"According to healthcare providers, early detection and proper management of diabetes is instrumental to living a healthy life," says Beatty.

"Using Dip a Stick to detect diabetes is as important as wearing a seat belt to reduce injury in a car accident."

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