World Diabetes Day is Here: Join the Big Blue Test

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2013-02-11 00:31:51 -0600
Started 2010-10-28 11:05:06 -0500

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. We invite you to participate in the Big Blue Test on that day.

The Big Blue Test is a way to raise awareness of how important blood glucose testing and exercise are for all diabetics. Here are the instructions on how to participate:
1. On November 14 at 2 pm, test your blood sugar.
2. Get active for 14 minutes.
3. Test again.
Then go to to record your results.

Then share your thoughts about the test here.

Also, be sure to watch the video on the Big Blue Test page or here on our site Every time someone watches the video it provides insulin to a child in need for a week.

66 replies

Beerlilly 2010-11-15 01:08:25 -0600 Report

Sorry I forgot to post but I was at 102 mg/dL before and after taking a walk (through a hiking trail) while caring my nephew I was at 85 mg/dL.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-14 22:02:54 -0600 Report

Before 85. Exercise Walking/racing around getting Mom's (AKA the Cake Lady's) 80th Birthday Party set up, moving tables, carried in supplies. After 95. Asked family to watch the video.

Pynetree 2010-11-14 15:44:37 -0600 Report

Sure brought home the power of exercise! BG was 122, lifted 5lb. hand weights for 14 min…BG down to 94! 28 points.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-11-14 14:40:12 -0600 Report

pre:167 and post: 133. I have been doing a preK set of classes for 20 " per day for 2 weeks with a song 'Exercise Every Day'It is a lot of fun with them. I don't really believe I would have had enough wind if we hadn't been practicing. yea ever body who tried!

watazoo 2010-11-14 13:41:08 -0600 Report

I did it!! 96 before I walked briskly and 91 after. I tried to record results, but page was not available. Will keep trying.

Dev 2010-11-14 13:37:40 -0600 Report

It was pretty amazing. My husband's BG went from 195 to 152
He just did some exercise at home. He has been complaining that he doesn't have time to go to Gym and his #s are creeping up. This is really motivating that he can spend only 14 mins at home doing simple exercises witouth equipment and have that effect on his #s.
I am pretty psyched. I have never been part of anything big like this before.

mjhsanto 2010-11-10 10:34:41 -0600 Report

I will do it. Especially getting active. I struggle with getting out of the house. This will be a good start.

Brenda_B 2010-11-09 14:12:18 -0600 Report

I think the testing/activity thing is a great idea. I'm joining in but I won't have access to a computer until later in the day to post my results.

PlabsNF 2010-11-09 09:31:27 -0600 Report

I'm definitely in!!

It's important to monitor your blood sugar to stay in control of your disease. I found an interesting article that is very informative: why why the HbA1c test is so important for people with diabetes:

You can order your HbA1c online instead of going to your doctor to write you the lab order. It's much cheaper too! Go to and you can order it for $25. If you use discount code LAB4NF you can save even more money off your test!

MrsOz 2010-10-30 14:12:27 -0500 Report

If you email me a psa on this, I will see about placing it on our radio stations events.

Guardianstone 2010-11-02 02:59:23 -0500 Report

Ms Oz have you spoken with John?
This sounds like a wonderful PR oppertunity. If not, go to his profile to leave a message.
Thank you for such a great idea.
Guardian stone

loulou8 2010-10-30 14:04:38 -0500 Report

I definately won't forget since i check my daughter's BS 5x's/day.It will be a busy day for sure!!Eat healthy,,,,exercise & take care of yourselves):

MotherNature0 2010-10-29 02:50:52 -0500 Report

Testing keeps us on our toes and helps to make the right choices - I for one chose life - am really active so need to keep an eye on blood sugar levels and to lots of rest. patented healthfood that helped with cancers also helps keep system functioning with proper nutrican and loads of energy. Reliv makes my life simpler and even the doctors say to keep taking it along with shots, testing and excercises plus proper diet. Reliv stop rocky mtn tic fever (not lyme desease)headache of 40yrs brought kidney function up from 38% to 98% stopped my Migraines and leg cramps due to low potassium and helps with sulfite and other Allergies. Even Lupus is helped. But Diabetes is heleped daily along with insulin since chemo destryoed my pancreas which was already malfunctioning. So Test and Re test then later Test again.

FLDawn 2010-10-28 22:37:03 -0500 Report

I am a believer in testing. My doctor is not and recently I realized I was beginning to feel like I did when I was first diagnosed. Lucky for me I had a couple of sample kits so I tested and sure enough…blood sugar is up almost to original levels. I am beyond good but not exercising like I was and stress is WAY up. I can't afford my doctor any longer and have had no A1C for a year now but still have my meds. I kicked my butt to exercise more and have dropped my fasting blood sugar down 80 points in a week. Yup, we need to keep on top of this because it IS SNEAKY. Until exhaustion came back and even then…I did not pay attention. I think I was slipping away and so tired I could not even get up to fix a meal. Still struggling but better already. AWARENESS…we cannot afford to slide on this disease because I am an example of how fast and simple things can change. Hugs to all

CaliKo 2010-10-29 09:24:41 -0500 Report

Good for you for getting back on track. I get tired too, day in day out, but if I skip my exercising for more than a couple of days, my blood sugar just starts climbing. Stay strong!

FLDawn 2010-10-29 14:40:27 -0500 Report

Thanks Hon, before I was diagnosed I did not know or care why I did not want to move. Now I know what is wrong and when the frequent bathroom trips and hunger starts as well as other things then I know it is my sugar. We need to know our own body and I got lazy and let things slip. This disease can be unforgiving. One of my best friends BURIED her husband this time last October due to complications of diabetes. Yup, wake up call for sure. He did NOT do the right things, first he lost his sight and then went on for a couple of years but when they went on vacation he failed to tell her his foot hurt. When they returned from Europe it was too late and his leg had to be amputated, then his other food and then… well and now he is gone. It was less than two years. Diabetes does not give you sharp pains to make you fall down or a rash so you have to know yourself. DIABETES IS IN CHARGE NOT YOU…cheat and diabetes wins, get lazy and diabetes wins. It is not like plain weight loss where a bite here or there won't hurt you. Oh yeah, when dieting for weight loss you won't lose that pound but you will be OK but with diabetes when you cheat your sugar goes up and up and you DIE after suffering that is… You can whine, you can ignore but remember it is your choice. Type II IS very controllable in most cases. My blood sugar is down to 117 already…not perfect but from paying attention and getting back on track I did this in a couple of weeks. It is MY CHOICE to feel better and get healthy. I want to control my diabetes not have it control my life

Guardianstone 2010-10-28 12:19:55 -0500 Report

I'm intrigued. I'll try
Thanks John.
You work too hard.

Guardian stone

jayabee52 2010-10-28 22:29:28 -0500 Report

yes mother hen!

Guardianstone 2010-10-28 23:27:29 -0500 Report

Now now now . . . hear ye, hear ye . . . the spirits are about speak.
I'll be off-line for a while in Nov. Phone gone. Of course bad pennies keep showing up.
Guardian stone

Guardianstone 2010-10-29 05:20:53 -0500 Report

Thank you. Hopefully It won't be long. I can always fight off the kids at the computer center for the complex. Or the college kids at the library. What the heck its 03:15 nighnigh time/sleepy time. (thats what we tell the cats). Az is 3hrs behind Ohio.
Enjoy the day.
Guardian stone

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