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The Big Blue Test on World Diabetes Day - November 14th, 2009


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The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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  • The Big Blue Test on World Diabetes Day - November 14th, 2009

     

    World Diabetes Day Circles

    November 14th, 2009 is World Diabetes Day. On that day, at 14:00 hours (2:00 p.m., local time), thousands of people with diabetes will test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and share their results online.

    The event is called The Big Blue Test because the blue circle is the international symbol for diabetes. The idea of a shared "blood sugar test-in" started with an activity organised back in July 2009 by TuDiabetes.org, a community for people touched by diabetes that I belong to. More than a thousand people participated.  Now, they're hoping  to reach thousands of people with diabetes through various diabetes social networks and Twitter. The activity will incorporate 14 minutes of physical activity to reinforce the importance of exercise.

    "People with diabetes have to test their blood sugar routinely. It can be a very lonely activity." said Manny Hernandez, co-founder of TuDiabetes who lives with diabetes himself. "We want people to take The Big Blue Test to shed light on this chronic condition and the importance of exercise on World Diabetes Day."

    Currently, more than 250 million people have diabetes worldwide. Millions more have diabetes but do not know it yet.  For those of us in the know, people with diabetes NEED to test their blood sugar levels several times a day and exercise regularly.

    Participating in this event to raise diabetes awareness on November 14th is fairly easy:

    1.     Test your blood sugar.

    2.     Run, jog, walk the dog or do anything you'd normally do as part of your exercise routine for 14    minutes.

    3.     Test your blood sugar again.

    4.     Go to http://bigbluetest.org (or your preferred diabetes social network) and post your readings and what physical activity you did. If you have a camera, you can also add a photo of your reading(s) or you exercising.

    5.     If you have a Twitter account, you can also post your readings on Twitter (use the #bigbluetest hashtag) and link back to http://bigbluetest.org.

    "We hope to see most readings posted at 14:00 hours (2:00 p.m.) local time, on November 14th. If you are early or late, it's OK," says Hernandez. "What matters most is that you test your blood sugar often and that you exercise regularly. If you don't have diabetes, you can take The Big Blue Test. Either way, tell others to test, exercise and share on November 14th."

    BTW, I'll open up a discussion in the News section of the Forums here at Diabetes1 a few days before hand should you wish to post your readings OR you can go to the following other diabetic networks that you see below.  It really doesn't matter where you post though, just as long as you join in on the celebration of World Diabetes Day by taking part in the The Big Blue Test!  I know I will!

    Tudiabetes / Children With Diabetes / Diabetes Daily / Diabetic Connect / Diabetic Rockstar / dLife / Juvenation / Diabetes Central

       
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  • By: RunnersHigh: Oct, 29, 2009 15:22 PM

    I was referring to diabetes-related events in general. So whatever comes to your mind whenever is probably valuable for other users. You seem to be very knowledgeable :)


    By: FatCatAnna: Oct, 29, 2009 14:55 PM

    Are you referring to the IDF congress I just attended? If you are - give me some time.  Lots of material was gathered - and I want to express my opinions as logically as possible so everyone can understand!  I'm having to go thru' material that's meant for doctors/medical staff, so it's a challenge sometimes, but I'm getting better with age!

    Again, I am not a medical person - just a lay person writing about diabetes - trying to make understanding diabetes easier then some of the techno garbo I come across sometimes that stops me reading further!

    As far as events are concerned, here at Diabetes1.org there is an area called Events (scroll up on your screen).  I rarely go there, due to it being mainly American based, and I live in Canada.  I believe you can notify Body1 of upcoming events, maybe in your area, but don't quote me on this. I'm still learning how to get around this website.


    By: RunnersHigh: Oct, 29, 2009 12:15 PM

    Could you post a general overview and assessment of diabetes-related events you have been in the near future? I think it would be helpful to have a better idea what events are the most valuable (for instance) for

    • kids/parents with kids who have diabetes
    • teens 
    • newly diagnosed people
    • people with Diabetes type 1
    • people with Diabetes type 2
    • seniors
    • other
    Moreover, it would be good to know where people can learn the most about and how to best manage their diabetes. Finding active or community events is probably much easier than finding such which provide the necessary insights.

    Thank you.



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