‘Blood Sugar Rising’ documentary explores diabetes’ history, science

Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect more than over 100 million people in the U.S., costing more than $325 billion each year. It’s now predicted that one in three children born since 2000 will develop the diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PBS’s new two-hour documentary “Blood Sugar Rising,” explores the lives of people with diabetes in communities across America and showcases the caretakers, physicians and scientists who are working to improve diabetes management and prevention as well as creating new hope for the future.

Narrated by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, she said what drew her to the project “Blood Sugar Rising” was her own history with diabetes.

“I appreciate working on projects like this; the more I’m exposed to the subject, the more I learn,” Merkerson said. “Like many others, my Type 2 diabetes diagnosis was a shock. Coming from a family with a history of diabetes, I didn’t fully comprehend the signs and symptoms or more importantly that I was actually showing them myself.

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