A Touch of Sugar
Confronting America’s type 2 diabetes epidemic – one community and one patient at a time.
More than 30 million Americans have diabetes – that’s about 1 in 10 adults – and 90 to 95% of them have type 2 diabetes. This disease is a significant concern among Hispanic/Latino communities, with more than 50% of Hispanic adults expected to develop type 2 diabetes over their lifetimes. Having support from medical professionals can make a big difference in helping them better manage the disease. That’s why the NHMA and Merck are working together to help shed light on the social, economic and environmental factors that influence type 2 diabetes management with the new documentary, A Touch of Sugar.
The film is narrated by acclaimed actress and documentary spokesperson, Viola Davis, and is told through the voices of people united in their struggle with this chronic disease. Interviews with patients and their loved ones, as well as doctors, advocates and thought leaders in the space, including NHMA’s Dr. Rios, explore the larger diabetes ecosystem at work and reinforce the disease as an urgent public health issue that cannot be ignored, especially among underserved populations.
As Shenekqual prepares for her wedding, Stewart heads to Capitol Hill, Niurka provides for her family, and Susie searches for the support she needs, A Touch of Sugar raises awareness of how we must fight the stigma associated with the disease and confront this epidemic – one patient and one community at a time.
Click here to request to view the full documentary and find out how you can access a special edition of A Touch of Sugar addressing Hispanic health disparities in type 2 diabetes. You can also email AmericasDiabetesChallenge@gcihealth.com to secure copies of type 2 diabetes management resources for your patients.
We encourage everyone to watch the documentary and help us spread the word because the film can:
- Spark important conversations about the social, economic and environmental factors that influence type 2 diabetes management among the Hispanic community
- Support our efforts to help educate those in the Hispanic community living with this disease
- Provide insights into the patient experience to help improve dialogue and care
- Inspire the next generation of Hispanic healthcare professionals
The documentary is part of America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals – a program from Merck that urges people with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goal (A1C is the average blood glucose over the past 2-3 months). The program also encourages people to learn the signs and symptoms of low blood glucose, known as hypoglycemia.