Resources / Topic Areas / Diabetes
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Diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly 21 million Americans–7% of the population–have diabetes. Of those, about 6.2 million people have not yet been diagnosed because there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2006).

The entertainment industry is not invulnerable to the effects of diabetes. Scientific researchers have knowledge of what causes diabetes, and how to prevent and treat it–but most of the public, unless directly affected, knows very little about diabetes. This is something the entertainment industry can change.
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By depicting diabetes onscreen and showing the importance of prevention, diagnosis and treatment options, the entertainment industry can help influence public opinion and help tear down the stigmas associated with the disease, which many people associate only with unhealthful lifestyles.

This section of EIC online contains most of the information you need to know to understand diabetes better. If you would like to speak to a diabetes expert or set up a free briefing for you, your production or studio, contact EIC's First Draft service.