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Chronic Disease (02:15)


In the U.S., approximately 100 million people are diabetic or prediabetic, creating a significant economic impact. Experts predict half of the country's population will have either condition by 2025.

Diabetes: a Silent Disease (07:30)

The number of Dr. Dean Schillinger's patients with Type II diabetes has significantly increased. Experts discuss insulin and insulin disruption. Schillinger sees a 36-year-old patient who may need an amputation.

Type I and Type II (08:24)

Records of diabetes date back to Ancient Egypt; rates have significantly increased in the last 20 years. Diabetic complications tend to accumulate slowly. Nicole discusses her symptoms, diagnosis, management, and complications. Dan Hurley recalls a diabetic incident.

Environment and Diabetes (04:08)

Kelly Close lives well with Type I diabetes. Monteil Lee reflects on eating habits and managing his condition; communities of color have the highest diabetes levels. The majority of diabetic patients are Type II; Type I is genetic. Learn about triggers.

Meigs County, Ohio (08:05)

Food and independence are important aspects of Laura Grueser's community; she discusses educating patients. Diabetes rates in Appalachia are higher than the national average; most cases are Type II. Hurley discusses victim shaming.

Healthy Food Choices (04:12)

Carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels. Grueser teaches diabetic patients how to read food labels. Carolyn Champan is learning to eat differently. The average American consumes 100 lbs of sugar a year.

Food Environment (09:27)

Unhealthy food choices surround Bronx residents; more affluent neighborhoods have full service markets. Experts discuss food industrialization and Type II diabetes. Karen Washington tends the community garden and participates in the weekly farmer's market.

Staying Healthy (08:13)

Diabetes affects minority communities at a higher rate. Lee struggles to control his Type II diabetes; Dr. Schillinger examines his toe. Nicole regularly visits doctors and shares her story on social media.

Type I Diabetes (05:56)

David Damiano is diagnosed as an infant and his parents work to manage his blood sugar. Dr. Ed Damiano discusses the "dead in bed syndrome" and developing a bionic pancreas.

Insulin Discovery and Cost (10:50)

In the 1920s, Fred Banting and Charles Best begin experiments; they want to keep insulin prices low. Prices have increased ten-fold in the last 20 years; manufacturers blame pharmacy benefits managers. Alec Smith's family discuss his diabetes diagnosis and death.

Managing Diabetes (09:28)

Lee returns to the music studio and spends time with his son. He talks with Dr. Schillinger about medication and diet. Schillinger discusses trying to inform policy makers about social determinants of health; he creates The Bigger Picture Campaign.

Family and Traditions (04:22)

Gretchen Carvajal shares her poem about food and discusses her family history of diabetes, Food is at the center of most social gatherings.

Diabetes Management Tools (07:04)

Dr. Schillinger worries about Lee and reflects on his challenges. Hurley discusses technological advancements. Nicole uses an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor. Dr. Damiano discusses the bionic pancreas.

Bionic Pancreas (06:39)

Dr. Damiano conducts feasibility studies. Several clinical trial participants share their experiences with diabetes.

Organ Transplant (02:15)

Dr. Enrique Caballero reflects on diabetes management. Nicole recalls learning about a match and the last minute cancellation.

Surgery Day (03:12)

Lee has been unable to keep his blood sugar in optimal range. His toe becomes reinfected and requires removal. Dr. Schillinger discusses the prevalence of amputations.

Protesting High Insulin Costs (04:56)

Nicole Smith-Holt discusses sharing the story of her son's death. She and other advocates protest outside Eli Lilly and present the company with message bottles; one contains some of Alec's ashes.

Surgical Cure (03:31)

Dr. Damiano reflects on the bionic pancreas. Nicole is doing well 11 days after receiving a dual transplant; she is no longer diabetic.

Community Outreach (03:20)

Members of The Bigger Picture Project share poems at an event. Changing our environment is important to stopping diabetes. Lee has recovered from surgery.

Credits: Blood Sugar Rising (00:49)

Credits: Blood Sugar Rising

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Diabetes is hidden epidemic that affects over 100 million people in the US, costing close to $350 billion each year. Blood Sugar Rising puts human faces to these statistics, presenting personal stories that showcase the struggles of living with this illness and revealing new hopes for better diabetes management and prevention.

Length: 115 minutes

Item#: BVL206171

Copyright date: ©2020

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