The Bronx has the highest percentage of diabetes cases in the entire city. Coupled with the poor access to grocery stores and high rates of poverty, Bronx residents have a hard time managing diabetes. So when Tracey Tirado-Vasquez was diagnosed with diabetes, she realized she had to make some life-changing decisions for herself and for her family.
Blood Sugar Rising: NYC
How do Type 2 diabetes patients living in low-income communities manage this disease? Blood Sugar Rising: NYC follows Tracey Tirado-Vasquez, a diabetic mother and caretaker for her disabled brother, and Koy Torres who is part of the growing number of young people diagnosed with the disease.
Amidst a global pandemic and growing Black Lives Matter movement, we see firsthand how these individuals manage a life-threatening disease under the additional pressures of systemic inequity and an unprecedented health crisis. (Blood Sugar Rising: NYC is a digital companion series to the national PBS film Blood Sugar Rising.)SERIES LANDING PAGE