Diabetes Forecast

A Diabetes Test-In Nov. 14

By Tracey Neithercott ,

If you've been wondering how exactly to celebrate World Diabetes Day (explaining to someone that a sugar overload does not cause diabetes, maybe?), the Diabetes Hands Foundation has a suggestion: Complete the Big Blue Test.

Thousands of people across the globe will be participating to increase awareness about the disease, underscore the importance of exercise in diabetes management, and raise funds for diabetes-related charities. Here's how it works:

1. On Sunday, November 14, test your blood glucose and record the number.
2. Exercise for 14 minutes. That could mean going for a walk, running a mile or two, or raking the leaves.
3. Test again.
4. Enter your before-and-after results here.
5. Spread the word. The Big Blue test's website links to a handful of social networking sites where you share your experience with others. Or tweet your results using the hashtag #bigbluetest.

Equally important: The test helps raise money for disadvantaged children with diabetes. Every time someone watches this video about the Big Blue Test (the World Diabetes Day logo is a blue circle), Roche Diabetes Care will donate 75 cents to the nonprofit Diabetes Hands Foundation (for a total of up to $75,000). The money will be divided between two organizations, Life for a Child and Insulin for Life, both of which provide insulin and supplies to needy children with diabetes around the world.



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