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Blood Sugar Rising

Blood Sugar Rising follows the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the US, costing more than $325 billion each year. Blood Sugar Rising puts human faces to these statistics, exploring the history and science of the illness through portraits of Americans whose stories shape the film.

Blood Sugar Rising: America's Hidden Diabetes Epidemic

1h 54m

Blood Sugar Rising follows the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the US, costing more than $325 billion each year. Blood Sugar Rising puts human faces to these statistics, exploring the history and science of the illness through portraits of Americans whose stories shape the film.

Episodes

  • Blood Sugar Rising: America's Hidden Diabetes Epidemic: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Blood Sugar Rising: America's Hidden Diabetes Epidemic

    1h 54m

    Blood Sugar Rising follows the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the US, costing more than $325 billion each year. Blood Sugar Rising puts human faces to these statistics, exploring the history and science of the illness through portraits of Americans whose stories shape the film.

  • Azúcar En Aumento–La Epidemia Oculta de Diabetes en los E.U.: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Azúcar En Aumento–La Epidemia Oculta de Diabetes en los E.U.

    1h 54m

    Azúcar en Aumento es un especial de PBS sobre la epidemia de diabetes en los Estados Unidos. La diabetes y prediabetes afecta a más de 100 millones de personas en E.U.A. y conlleva un costo anual de más de 325 mil millones de dólares. Se proyecta que uno de cada tres niños nacidos desde el año 2000, desarrollarán la enfermedad en algun momento de su vida.

Extras + Features

  • Blood Sugar Rising Preview with Spanish Subtitles: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Blood Sugar Rising Preview with Spanish Subtitles

    2m 15s

    Azúcar en Aumento es un especial de PBS sobre la epidemia de diabetes en los Estados Unidos. La diabetes y prediabetes afecta a más de 100 millones de personas en E.U.A. y conlleva un costo anual de más de 325 mil millones de dólares. Se proyecta que uno de cada tres niños nacidos desde el año 2000, desarrollarán la enfermedad en algun momento de su vida.

  • Nicole - Southern California: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Nicole - Southern California

    4m 40s

    Diagnosed as a teenager, Nicole was so frightened of her Type 1 diabetes that she ignored it for years. But chronic high blood sugars damage the eyes, the heart, the kidneys, and more, and now Nicole has multiple organ failures. This episode follows Nicole as she works to stay alive, hoping for a life-saving and rare dual transplant: new kidneys and a new pancreas.

  • Karen - The Bronx, NY: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Karen - The Bronx, NY

    6m 31s

    Karen's brother died of diabetic complications, and now Karen is committed to bringing healthy foods into her community with her “Garden of Happiness”. “If we don’t change the food system and get rid of this processed food, this junk food...the lifespan of so many people of color living in low-income neighborhoods will be shortened." she says.

  • Blood Sugar Rising Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Blood Sugar Rising Preview

    2m 18s

    Blood Sugar Rising follows the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the US, costing more than $325 billion each year. Blood Sugar Rising puts human faces to these statistics, exploring the history and science of the illness through portraits of Americans whose stories shape the film.

  • Monteil - San Francisco, CA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Monteil - San Francisco, CA

    7m 18s

    A talented rapper still trying for his big breakthrough, Monteil Lee was diagnosed with Type 2 eight years ago. Now 36 years old, he has a diabetes-related wound on his foot that may mean amputation, and he is trying hard to avoid surgery. Monteil’s story is part of Blood Sugar Rising, a PBS special from WGBH about the diabetes epidemic in the United States.

  • What Is Diabetes?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Is Diabetes?

    1m 58s

    Blood Sugar Rising is a PBS special from WGBH, about the diabetes epidemic in the United States. This clip explains the disease, and how it affects the body, outlining the important role played by the hormone insulin, as well as the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  • The Smith-Holt Family - Minneapolis, MN: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Smith-Holt Family - Minneapolis, MN

    5m 56s

    In the 1920s, the scientists who found and purified insulin sold their patent for $1 to make sure the hormone would be available to all. But today, for patients without good insurance, the drug can cost hundreds of dollars a month. What does a person do when he can’t afford this life-saving medication? For the Smith-Holt family, the answer came down to a tragic choice.

  • Diabetes on the Rise: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Diabetes on the Rise

    1m 56s

    In the United States, it's estimated that 100 million people are affected by a blood sugar problem. Watch this clip from Blood Sugar Rising, a PBS special from WGBH, and learn about the alarming increase in this country of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  • Valarie - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Valarie - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

    6m 3s

    As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan knows firsthand how hard it can be for Native people to access healthy foods. She points to the loss of traditional cultures as a key cause of today’s high rates of diabetes among Native Americans, and uses her own family as an example.

  • Diabetes in Our Communities: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Diabetes in Our Communities

    3m

    This clip from the PBS special, Blood Sugar Rising, makes the case that the environments that we live in are structured to create inequity. Rural areas, indigenous communities, and other lower income communities, have a higher prevalence of diabetes (and other diseases) because of the lack of access to healthy foods.

  • Gretchen - San Francisco, CA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Gretchen - San Francisco, CA

    4m 39s

    Diabetes runs through Gretchen Carvajal’s family. “My mother had it, her mother, her sister, and now my older sister has it, too,” she says. She was pleased to become a mentor at The Bigger Picture, a group that uses poetry to bring the message of healthy eating to their community in San Francisco.

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