Today is World Diabetes Day. I am thinking of my dad today, who passed away due to complications from diabetes almost 21 years ago. I am thinking of my mom, who is struggling with this now, seemingly triggered by other medicines sue needs to take to keep healthy.
I am also thinking of myself. I had been living with a prediabetes diagnosis for two years, and early this year my doctor said it was time to do away with the "pre" and consider that I am a diabetic. I am on Metformin to control my blood sugar, and for the most part it works. But I still have some work to do to optimize my eating and physical activity habits. For example, I need to try to get back to the daily exercise routine I had during the summer. It is said that 30 minutes of walking every day can help keep type 2 diabetes under control.
The Big Blue Test (see video below) in an initiative to create awareness of the importance of physical activity to control blood sugar levels. The test itself is fairly simple:
1- If you are a diabetic, test your blood sugar
2- Do some kind of physical activity for 14 minutes
3- Test your blood sugar again
4- Post your results here: http://bigbluetest.org/
I did it right this morning. My initial value (30 minutes after breakfast) was 155. After exercise, it was 131.