Yesterday began the annual Big Blue Test movement. From October 14th to November 14th (World Diabetes Day), the Diabetes Hands Foundation uses the Big Blue Test to remind people with diabetes of the power of staying active.
In previous years, participants saw an average of 20% reduction in their blood glucose levels after exercise. Also in previous years, thousands of people with diabetes across the United States and in other countries have been helped by the donations provided by Roche Diabetes Care.
I am very excited to see the donations for this year’s Big Blue Test. In addition to the five programs in the US that will receive $10000 each for their work with people with diabetes, there are grants of $25000 each that will go to programs helping people with diabetes in Ecuador as well as Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record – I’ve been there, I’ve seen it. I can complain about the cost of health insurance, and the frustration in waiting for the latest and greatest medical device, but that is absolutely nothing compared to choosing between feeding your family and purchasing insulin (if you even have access to it).
If something as simple as exercising for 14 minutes and logging it on a website can save the life of someone in desperate need, I really can’t think of a reason not to do it.
I didn’t seem to capture any pictures last year, but this was the action during the Big Blue Test on World Diabetes Day in 2010.
(EVERY DAY!) to log your Big Blue Test results.