I work a bit at Diabetes Care Club, writing blog posts and helping out on the forums. While logging on the other day I noticed they entered into an exclusive partnership with Real Age to create a diabetes specific real age evaluator. I thought this was cool because I’ve taken the Real Age Test before but was a bit bummed out by how it wasn’t able to capture information based on my diabetes management and therefore not really give me a more accurate or personalized assessment.
My Real Age Diabetes score is 26-which is pretty encouraging considering I’m about to turn 29 in a couple weeks. That’s the fun game aspect of the Real Age test but it’s not what I consider the most important aspect. The test asks questions on every element of health imaginable and then, depending on your answers, gives you information and recommendations.
I found this test to be a helpful tool to me because it pointed out my weaknesses in my overall health. For example, I realized that I’m eating and exercising pretty well most of the time but maybe I’m not as socially active as I’d like to be or I’m not testing as often as I’d like. Also, the test reminded me about all the annual diabetes wellness check ups I should be having such as a visit to the eye doctor and podiatrist.
We don’t necessarily need help pointing out what we’re doing right. We need help to pinpoint what we need to improve upon and taking the Real Age Diabetes assessment helps to organize your strengths and weaknesses in an easy to view and understand way. And yes, it is kind of fun to work to lower one’s “real age”, I’m not going to lie.
Something I want to mention: The regular Real Age test gave me a score of 24 and the Diabetes one a score of 26. I think that’s interesting to note because it shows how diabetes does make a difference-not that we didn’t know that! But it shows that creating a diabetes focused Real Age test was really worthwhile. The truth hurts but it’s also empowering. Let’s try to focus on the empowering part and on the part we CAN influence.
Take the test here! (you will have to register and sign in first)