Blood Sugar Rising


"Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the US, costing more than $325 billion each year. It’s now predicted that one in three children born since 2000 will develop the disease."

PBS produced a remarkable documentary, Blood Sugar Rising, on the growing number of Americans living with Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes. Link to the film:

The film portrays the difficulties of life with diabetes, the misinformation in American nutrition, the misunderstanding of the disease, the corruption of the American healthcare system, and an array of meaningful perspectives from doctors and patients who are on the front lines.

As a diabetic of 25+ years, I cannot speak highly enough about the film. The storytelling from various angles -- doctors, nutritionists, families, younger and older diabetics -- presents hope for healthier lives; yet simultaneously offers the bleak reality of mismanagement.

Throughout the film, there are incredible first hand accounts from diabetics who dealt with amputation, poor diet, and a tremendously sad and traumatizing story from a family who lost their son / brother because of exorbitant insulin costs. In a 2-hour film, I must have cried over an hour. Tears of empathy, pain and frustration. If you're a diabetic, or a family member or friend of a diabetic, you must watch this film. It captures the strength of all diabetics who are managing this "silent killer" disease, the vanguards in the healthcare industry, and the piss poor morals of America's medical system.

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