This year, one of the things I am doing for World Diabetes Day, is taking part in the Big Blue Test by Diabetes Hand Foundation. Between October 14, and November 14, participants perform physical activity and then report their results at BigBlueTest.org or by using the iPhone or Android smartphone app. Each entry will result in $1 donated to three diabetes charities ($3 total; up to $5,000). And people who do not have diabetes can do it too!!!
Well, because it's simple. It's easy. It doesn't cost me anything, and it's giving to 3 diabetes charities. One of those charities is a global support organisation for women with diabetes. It's just a good idea and I'm hoping that some of you will think so too and join me?
I’ve already log one #BBT on Thursday Oct 20th. My blood glucose level, before my walk, was 10.4 mmol. My BG after my 25 minute walk was 6.9 mmols.
What is the Big Blue Test BBT?
The Big Blue Test is a diabetes awareness initiative that was started 8 years ago by an American non-profit organisation, called the Diabetes Hands Foundation (amazing organization worthy of another post). The BBT is about how one small change can have a huge impact on your health; if you have diabetes or not.
Results gathered over the lifetime of the program demonstrate that just 14 minutes of exercise has the potential to decrease participants’ blood glucose levels, in some instances as much as 20% (Type 1's should pack glucose;-D).
Not only is The Big Blue Test encouraging people who don't have diabetes to exercise and creating awareness about diabetes, but it's creating awareness in our own community about how effective even a little bit of exercise is as a diabetes management tool.
How do I take the test?
Taking the Big Blue Test is easy: If you have diabetes you test their blood sugar, if you don't have diabetes, don't check your blood sugar. You exercise for at least 14-20 minutes. Test your BG’s again (if you have diabetes), and share the experience on BigBlueTest.org or through the app for iPhone or Android.
So are you game for the Big Blue Test?