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Blood Sugar Rising: America's Hidden Diabetes Epidemic

Blood Sugar Rising Preview

Blood Sugar Rising is a PBS special that follows the diabetes epidemic in the U.S.

Tell Us Your Story

Watch this clip from Blood Sugar Rising, and tell us your story! #Blood SugarPBS

Blood Sugar Rising Preview with Spanish Subtitles

Azúcar en Aumento es un especial sobre la epidemia de diabetes en los Estados Unidos.

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What Is Diabetes?

This clip from Blood Sugar Rising explains what diabetes is, and how it affects the body.

Diabetes on the Rise

This clip highlights the alarming increase in diabetes in the United States.

Sugar and the Average American

How does your sugar consumption compare to the average American?

Diabetes in Our Communities

How does the environment you live in affect your chances of becoming diabetic?

Watching Carbs

Watching their carb intake is something both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics need to do.

The Cost of Insulin

In past years, insulin prices have skyrocketed, and uninsured people are paying the price.

The Bigger Picture Project

Learn how The Bigger Picture Project is working to raise awareness around diabetes.

Revolutionizing Diabetes Care

See the amazing breakthroughs in diabetes-related technology in the last 5 decades.


Monteil - San Francisco, CA

Monteil Lee struggles with a diabetes-related wound on his foot that may mean amputation.

Nicole - Southern California

Nicole was so frightened of her Type 1 diabetes that she ignored it for years.

Gretchen - San Francisco, CA

Diabetes runs through Gretchen Carvajal’s family.

Ed - Boston, MA

Ed's life’s work has been developing an artificial pancreas to take over diabetes care.

Valarie - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Dr. Jernigan knows firsthand how hard it can be for Native people to access healthy foods.

Karen - The Bronx, NY

For Karen, bringing healthy foods to her community is a social justice issue.

The Smith-Holt Family - Minneapolis, MN

For diabetics who can't afford their insulin, the ramifications can be tragic.

Laura - Meigs County, OH

In rural Appalachia, Laura works to educate her neighbors about eating healthily.