As many as one out of every four diabetics does not know they have the disease. With approximately 28 million diabetics and 57 million pre-diabetics in the U.S. alone, the number of people left untreated is staggering.
With that in mind, The Global Diabetic Awareness Community is launching the “Non-Diabetic New Year Test’olution 2010,” which aims to enlist people with diabetes to help check the blood sugar levels of their non-diabetic loved ones. Essentially, the campaign asks people with diabetes to spare a few test strips if they can to test the blood sugar levels of others between Jan. 1 and Jan. 5.
In addition, this initiative also seeks to raise diabetes awareness. The organizers are asking willing participants to log their numbers at Project Diabetes or Track 3 or to post the results on Twitter using the #test2010 hashtag.
However, they note, the most important thing is to safely test others and urge them to go to the doctor if their numbers appear to be off.