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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.

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.

Episodes

  • 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.

  • 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.

Extras + Features

  • 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.

  • Watching Carbs: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Watching Carbs

    2m 9s

    One thing that people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have in common, is the need to watch their carbohydrate intake. Learning how to read food labels when grocery shopping is a powerful tool for diabetics trying to manage their disease. This is a clip from Blood Sugar Rising, a PBS special from WGBH about the diabetes epidemic in the United States.

  • Laura - Meigs County, OH: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Laura - Meigs County, OH

    5m 24s

    The lead community health worker in Meigs County, Ohio, Laura Grueser admits she didn’t really understand “what the big deal was” until she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She decided that living a healthier lifestyle was an important example to set for her patients. As she travels around this rural Appalachian region, she works to educate her clients and neighbors on managing their diabetes.

  • The Cost of Insulin: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Cost of Insulin

    2m 48s

    In the past few decades insulin prices have skyrocketed. Watch this clip, from the PBS special Blood Sugar Rising, to find out more about how the prices for insulin are set, the finger-pointing taking place between the manufacturers and pharmacy benefits managers, and how those with no insurance must pay the price.

  • Ed - Boston, MA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ed - Boston, MA

    6m 16s

    Ed’s son David was less than a year old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. An infant can’t manage his own blood sugar levels, so Ed and his wife had to keep track of David's blood sugar levels night and day. Eventually this would lead Ed to his life’s work, developing an artificial pancreas to take over diabetes care.

  • The Bigger Picture Project: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Bigger Picture Project

    3m 36s

    The Bigger Picture Project is a collaboration between Dr. Dean Schillinger and Youth Speaks, youth of color who use poetry to tell the story of the bigger picture behind the diabetes epidemic. Workshops with youth are based around poetry, and topics such as health and food accessibility. Blood Sugar Rising is a PBS special from WGBH, about the diabetes epidemic in the United States.

  • Tell Us Your Story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Tell Us Your Story

    1m 3s

    What's your diabetes story? Watch this clip from Blood Sugar Rising, and tell us your story! #Blood SugarPBS

  • Revolutionizing Diabetes Care: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Revolutionizing Diabetes Care

    3m 12s

    This clip, from the PBS special Blood Sugar Rising, outlines the amazing breakthroughs in diabetes-related technology in the last 5 decades. From the glucose meter in the early 1980s, to Ed Damiano’s bionic pancreas, these are medical advances that are crucial to managing the disease and saving countless lives.

  • Sugar and the Average American: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sugar and the Average American

    2m

    Today, the average American has access to unlimited calories, which was not the case, even a few hundred years ago. How much sugar does the average American eat, and how are we being affected by the rapidly changing environments that we live in? Watch this clip from Blood Sugar Rising, a PBS special from WGBH, and find out.

  • 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.

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