About Us

Carolyn Jagar, Sugar Medical founder and owner

Since 2009, Sugar Medical has designed accessories for those living with diabetes and has developed a large, loyal following. Founder, Carolyn Jäger, started designing cases from her basement with two sons underfoot and has successfully grown the company to one of the largest diabetic accessory companies in the country!

Every design is durable and practical for daily life with diabetes. Style remains a top priority in the design process and our attention to detail brings many great functional features like cell phone pockets, pockets for a Dexcom CGM, removable wrist straps, and insulated pockets for ice pack or extra supplies.

Sugar Medical has created over 100 stylish designs that people WANT to carry. Customer’s love having a bright, stylish bag that they can locate in the bottom of their purse or backpack, across the room or across the football field. Little things like this make life with diabetes a bit easier.

We specialize in supply cases, purses, backpacks, travel bags and accessories - and are continuing to offer new and exciting products to our customers. Our products offer organizing solutions that allow people with diabetes to show a little personality, bring in some color and fun wherever they carry them!

Our Mission

Sugar Medical encourages more frequent blood glucose testing, which will lead to better diabetes health for each customer. Taking care of yourself is important, and we want to create products that will inspire you to carry your daily supplies without hesitation. Our goal is to bring style and quality into the lives of people living with diabetes.

Sugar Medical gives back to the diabetes community by donating yearly to the JDRF, Beyond Type 1, and the College Diabetes Network. We also participate in walks and benefits hosted by the JDRF and ADA, and support our own local community here in Midlothian, VA.  We have donated $1.5K to Chesterfield County Food Bank to help support our local community in 2020, and plan to continue to support this charity.

Partnerships

We work in partnership with Insulet Corporation, designing cases and accessories exclusively for Omnipod® and Omnipod® DASH™ insulin management systems.  We also work with Tandem Diabetes to develop cases for the t:slim insulin pump.  As we grow, we continue to build more relationships with companies in the diabetes community that have developed unique products for those living with diabetes.  Check out our newest products from Glucose SOS, Spibelt, and Dia-Wipes.

Meet Carolyn

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 13, but I had been living in a household with T1D since I was eight, when my sister was diagnosed. My family was familiar with all the needles (and tears) and glucose monitors, which only made the news of my diagnosis more devastating. I knew enough to be scared and upset that I too would now have to give myself shots for the rest of my life. 

Particularly, I hated carrying all my diabetes supplies in “that black medical bag” that comes with every glucometer. It made me stand out but NOT in the way a 13-year-old wants. I carried that bag with me every day, and everywhere – going to the nurse’s office to check my blood sugar, to sports practice, to a friends’ house – and I kept it hidden. It seriously clashed with my 13-year-old fashionista style! (Well, at least I thought I had style back then.) More than anything, I wanted to fit in. Forget it! I began to resent having type 1 diabetes.  

Sensing my insecurity, my mother handmade a special bag for my supplies. It was stylish; it had pink fabric and green turtle patches sewn on it. The bag not only suited my presumed sassy style, but it made my life easier. The bag grew my confidence, I even grew comfortable enough to check my blood sugar in front of other people. My mother’s gift also started something I would continue: through the years I sewed my own fun diabetes supply bags for myself.

Then, after I had my first son, a close family friend who had serious complications from diabetes had a pancreas transplant. It rattled and changed me. I became over diligent about testing and tried to prevent myself from ever having a high blood sugar. I constantly corrected my insulin pump in fear of what complications could someday come my way. I knew how important good glucose was in controlling diabetes and in preventing complications, and I fiercely wanted to encourage others to check their blood sugar more often. I never wanted to see anyone else suffer as my friend had. 

When I shared my concerns with my doctor, he explained that many people put themselves at risk because they don’t carry their supplies with them. They feel it’s “too hard to carry everything” or they’re embarrassed by the “medical” looking bag. I realized I wasn’t the only person with diabetes who felt self-conscious about carrying “that black nylon bag!” So I couldn’t be the only person who wanted something better than what was offered free with every glucose meter. 

After a career in retail and as a buyer for a department store, I decided to take my idea to the next step. In 2009, I launched Sugar Medical with the mission to create fashionable, yet functional bags for people with diabetes.  We strive to make accessories that make living with diabetes just a bit easier (and more organized too.) 

Today, 32 years later, I am much more confident about living with type 1 diabetes.  I grew to understand that I do not need to hide my illness from others: it is a part of me. I wear my pump proudly on my hip and I have no problem checking my blood sugar in front of people.  I just wish I could have been that confident earlier on, but with the launch of Sugar Medical, I created a line that helps people feel more confident and less embarrassed about living with diabetes.