Chances are that if you don't have diabetes, you know someone who does. It's a prevalent disease that affects 29.1 million people in the United States, 8.1 million of which are undiagnosed.
There are two main types: type 1 is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the cells in the pancreas that make insulin are destroyed, while type 2 is generally preventable and involves a decrease in insulin sensitivity and/or a lack of insulin production.
Whether you have diabetes or are simply curious about it, you will find the following videos to be powerful, informative, and extremely helpful.
7 Best Superfoods For Diabetes
This video from FitLifeTV spotlights a range of healthy food choices for people with diabetes. The host covers the multitude of health benefits that each food provides, such as their abilities to improve insulin sensitivity, control blood sugar levels, and aid in body fat loss.
A Day In The Life: Type 1 Diabetes
A typical person with type 1 diabetes might take around 5,000 blood sugar tests and insulin injections every year. That's no small figure. This video from Fixers UK was created to highlight the challenges of managing diabetes, depicting a young man going through his day, testing, retesting, and administering insulin and sugar as needed. This is a great video to share with friends and family who may not otherwise understand your condition.
A Trip to the Emergency Room
When Aspen Dale wasn't feeling well, her mother took her to the emergency room. From there, she was transported to the pediatric intensive care unit via ambulance. It was her first week with type 1 diabetes. This touching video is the first in a series from the family as they learn to adjust to her condition.
American Girl Diabetes Care Kit
Chloe is such a big fan of American Girl dolls that she has a YouTube channel dedicated to them! In this video, she talks about her friend Charlie, who has type 1 diabetes, and the new American Girl Diabetes Care Kit, which features tools and items any kid with diabetes would recognize, like a pretend glucometer and insulin pump. Kids can test their doll's blood sugar and administer insulin, which teaches them about type 1 diabetes and how it's managed.
Competing with Diabetes – and Winning
People deal with diabetes in different ways. For Steve Rodriguez of Fort Vancouver, CrossFit has proven an invaluable tool in the management of his type 1 diabetes. This video offers good motivation and insight to anyone who wants to know about how applying a tough fitness regimen can help with their diabetes management.
Karah Kay is a young woman who has lived with type 1 diabetes for about 20 years. In this video, she speaks candidly about a common complication of diabetes that may not always get the airtime it deserves: depression.
A very clever approach to teaching the world about type 1 diabetes, this “rap” from Mr. Bishop and Sophia will teach you about the struggles of a kid who has to live with a chronic condition that can sometimes limit their ability to enjoy typical childhood experiences. This clip gets extra points for creativity.
The Slyfox Family is a family of four who lives out much of their life in front of a YouTube audience. Mom Hannah, dad Andrew, and their two kids Jaedyn and Caspian are a normal family – though slightly more entertaining and quirky. In this video, we learn how Andrew deals with diabetes in his daily life, including a last minute doctor's visit when he runs out of insulin.
Draw My Life: My Diagnosis
Lex usually posts videos of her jaw-dropping makeup work. In this video, made for diabetes awareness month, she takes a different approach. While applying body makeup, she talks about her type 1 diabetes diagnosis. We love the way she keeps viewers engaged visually as she shares some really candid insights into what it was like growing up with type 1 diabetes.
Drinking Alcohol with Diabetes!
Can people with diabetes drink alcohol? Yes, but alcohol affects them in different ways. As DiabeticDanica explains, alcohol can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels, and impact your ability to intelligently manage your condition if you find yourself in a dangerous situation. Watch for tips and advice on how to drink responsibly when you have diabetes.
Girl Talk: Growing Up As a Teen with Type 1 Diabetes
Kids with diabetes will become teens with diabetes. This video profiles 13-year-old Brooklynn, who has lived with diabetes for several years, and explores how type 1 diabetes has impacted her childhood and presented unique challenges to her and her family during her childhood and adolescent years.
Halt the Rise, Take the Steps Needed to Beat Diabetes
This educational video from the World Health Organization is a great primer on diabetes. It explains both main types of diabetes and how they occur. It talks about common complications and shows just how widespread the condition is.
How a Pop Up Show Shop Got Everyone Talking
Every week, 135 people in England lose a lower limb to diabetes. To show Londoners just how common this complication was, and how important it is to take the steps you need to manage your type 1 diabetes or avoid developing type 2 diabetes, Diabetes UK set up a shoe shop. But there were no pairs, just a single shoe representing each of the men and women who lost a limb to diabetes that week.
Playing Sports: Teens Living with Type 1 Diabetes
Ben is 15 years old and has been living with diabetes since he was 6. This is a great video for teens or parents of teens with type 1 diabetes. It addresses some of the common concerns with teens and their parents, such as making sure they are testing their blood sugar, and balancing their condition with their hobbies and interests, like football.
Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Starts with Ignoring the Guidelines
According to some experts, type 2 diabetes can't just be prevented, it can be reversed. One of those experts, Dr. Sarah Hallberg, explains her thoughts about the topic in this TEDx Talk, ending with a few simple tips to help prevent type 2 diabetes in the first place.
Sport and Type 1 Diabetes
Melanie Stephenson is an international level sprinter who carried the Olympic torch at the 2012 Olympic Games. And she lives with type 1 diabetes. She made this video to promote “Active Pals” through the NHS Hospitals, a program designed to get children with type 1 diabetes involved in sports.
T1D Looks Like Me
This short video from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) shows just how varied the faces of type 1 diabetes are. People who have the condition, as well as their caregivers, talk about their biggest fears and challenges, as well as what gets them through it.
Why There's Been a Dangerous Diabetes Spike Around the Globe
According to this video from PBS, some 8.5 percent of adults worldwide have diabetes, which is a dramatic spike from the past. As a matter of fact, in the past four decades the number of people with diabetes has quadrupled, with most cases arising in poorer nations. So, what's behind the growth? This video offers some interesting clues.