Blood Sugar Rising to air Wednesday, April 15 at 9:00 PM on KIXE PBS

Wednesday, April 15 at 9:00 PM on KIXE PBS
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What: Collaborative effort to address diabetes/prediabetes in Shasta County
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 9:00 PM
Where: KIXE PBS channel 9 and streaming on PBS.org

BLOOD SUGAR RISING, narrated by S. Epatha Merkerson
NEW DOCUMENTARY EXPOSES U.S. DIABETES EPIDEMIC, SHOWING THE MANY FACES OF DIABETES AND AN URGENT NEED TO END THE STIGMA

Diabetes is a hidden epidemic in America, with a frighteningly rapid rise in the last generation alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three children born today can expect to develop the disease, and the disease impacts everyone in the country: we are spending more than $325 billion each year on diabetes.

In Shasta County, nearly 15% of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and it is estimated that 50% of adults in the county have prediabetes (blood sugar levels higher than normal but not yet diabetes). Prediabetes is treatable, but most people don’t even know they have it. Without prevention efforts and lifestyle changes more than half of these adults will go on to develop type 2 diabetes.

Looking behind these statistics is a new two-hour documentary, Blood Sugar Rising. The program 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 also suggests that one of the most challenging parts of living with diabetes is stigma. Stigmatizing diabetes keeps the epidemic hidden and makes it harder to support and improve life for the more than
34 million Americans with diabetes today. The documentary is a production of WGBH Boston for PBS, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

In a collaborative effort, Shasta County community agencies are campaigning to stop diabetes before it starts. It is possible to turn your health around through lifestyle changes. Tune in to Blood Sugar Rising on April 15 at 9:00 PM on KIXE to learn more about the diabetes epidemic in America. Additionally, visit turnitaroundshasta-stop diabetes before it starts for local community event information.

For more information, visit www.pbs.org/wgbh/blood-sugar-rising/

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