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Films/Diabetes

12 Feet Deep
2017
The American thriller film features twin sisters who are trapped in a swimming pool under a fiberglass pool cover. One of the sisters has diabetes and needs an insulin shot to avoid slipping into a coma.

150 Milligrams

2017
The French drama film is based on the real-life French pulmonologist Irène Frachon who fought between 2009 and 2011 to reveal that a diabetes drug was life-threatening.

Alma
1999
A documentary film about Alma Thorpe, whose primary condition is schizophrenia, but she also has diabetes.[6]

The Ambulance
1990
A rogue doctor in an ambulance kidnaps people with diabetes for his experiment.[7]

The Baby-Sitters Club
1995
A teenage girl deals with managing her type 1 diabetes.[8]

Beats, Rhymes & Life
2011
A documentary film about the band A Tribe Called Quest, including Phife Dawg, who has diabetes.[6]

Big Nothing
2006
In the black comedy film, criminals kill an FBI agent with diabetes by force-feeding him a lollipop.[9]

Loose Cannons / Mine vaganti
2010
Side character, grandmother, commits suicide by eating all the sweets.

Bread and Roses
2000
A married couple has financial difficulties because the husband has diabetes.[10]

Brokedown Palace
1999
The father of one of the wrongfully imprisoned women has diabetes.[11]

Broken
2012
The coming-of-age film stars an 11-year-old child who is learning to manage diabetes.[12]

Chocolat
2000
An elderly woman in the film hides her diabetes from her family.[13]

Click
2006
The protagonist’s father has diabetes.[14]

Cliffhanger
1993
The female pilot of the criminal gang radios for emergency backup, saying that they need insulin for a person with diabetes.[15]

Con Air
1997
The film’s protagonist helps a fellow convict who has diabetes.[9]

The Confessional
1995
A family mystery is investigated, and hereditary diabetes is a clue in establishing a family link.[16]

A Deadly Adoption
2015
In a parody of melodramatic films screened on the TV network Lifetime, two parents see their daughter fall into a diabetic coma.[17]

Derailed
2005
The daughter of a blackmail victim has diabetes.[11]

Dog Day Afternoon
1975
The manager of the bank at which the robbery takes place has diabetes and is threatened by the hostage taking, as he needs medication.[11]

Fed Up
2014
The documentary film highlights that too much sugar in American diets is a strong reason for the prevalence of diabetes mellitus type 2 in the United States.[18]

The Founder
2016
In the biographical film about the creator of the McDonald’s fast food chain, one of the McDonald brothers is hospitalized due to a stress-induced diabetes shock, and founder-to-be Ray Kroc visits him in the hospital to offer to buy out the brothers’ restaurant.[19]

The General
1998
The titular Irish crime boss Martin Cahill develops Type 2 diabetes.[20]

Gigli
2003
A character with diabetes is helped by another character.[21]

The Godfather Part III
1990
The film’s crime boss, Michael Corleone, suffers symptoms of diabetes.[6]

Gubra
2006
When a woman’s father is hospitalized due to diabetic complications, she meets a man with whom she falls in love.[22] ]

Half Baked

1998
The stoner comedy film features a horse with diabetes.[6]

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
2013
As a result of consuming too much candy in Hansel and Gretel, Hansel contracts diabetes and must periodically inject insulin.[23]

It Runs in the Family
2003
The protagonist’s wife suffers from complications from diabetes and is on dialysis due to kidney failure.[10]

Jerry and Tom
1998
The film’s hitman suffers from diabetes.[20]

Just Before Dawn
1946
A criminal psychologist is tricked into injecting a person with diabetes with poison instead of the insulin needed.[24]

Mad Money
2008
One of the bank robbers has diabetes.[11]

Meeting Daddy
2000
The colonel in the film has diabetes and uses a glucometer to monitor himself.[21]

Memento
2000
In a side plot, a man with amnesia treats his wife with diabetes.[6]

The Next Three Days
2010
A husband attempts an escape plan for his wrongfully imprisoned wife, who has diabetes.[10]

No Good Deed
2002
The film’s police officer is shown performing a self-maintenance routine for diabetes.[11]

Nothing in Common
1986
The protagonist’s parents divorce, and he learns that his father has diabetes and has been avoiding treatment.[25]

Over the Brooklyn Bridge
1984
The lead character Alby (played by Elliott Gould) has diabetes.[26]

Panic Room
2002
A young girl with diabetes and her mother are trapped in a safe room during a home invasion.[11]

Patch Adams
1998
The comedy-drama film, based on Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, depicts a scene in which medical residents scrutinize a patient with diabetes, and Adams, unlike the others, asks for the patient’s name.[27]

The Planet of Junior Brown
2000
A character with diabetes is helped by another character.[21]

Promised a Miracle
1988
The American television film dramatizes the true story of Christian parents who believed their 11-year-old son’s diabetes were healed by God and discarded his insulin, resulting in their son’s death.[28]

Regarding Henry
1991
The film’s attorney, recovering from a shooting, meets an elderly man with diabetes.[20]

Reversal of Fortune
1990
A husband defends against charges that he killed his wife who had diabetes.[29]

The Right Hand Man
1987
Based on the historical novel The Right-Hand Man, the film is set in Australia in 1860 and features a protagonist with diabetes.[30]

S/O Satyamurthy
2015
A man meets a woman with diabetes and develops a relationship with her.[31]

Scarecrow Gone Wild
2004
A college-age man suffers a diabetic shock as a result of a prank but is resurrected as a killer scarecrow.[6]

Soul Food
1997
A matriarch’s refusal to address her diabetes leads to her death and her family falling apart.[14]

Species
1995
An alien seductress rejects and kills a candidate mate because he has diabetes.[6]

Split
2016
One of the multiple personalities played by James McAvoy has diabetes and is shown injecting insulin, while none of the other personalities has diabetes.[32][33][34]

State of Emergency
2011
In the horror film, survivors of a zombie outbreak hide in a warehouse. One of the survivors hides her diabetes from the others, but when she falls into a coma, another survivor goes out to find insulin for her.[35]

Steel Magnolias
1989
A recent bride has to deal with diabetes.[36]

Tammy
2014
The protagonist’s grandmother has diabetes but refuses to medicate.[37]

That’s My Boy
2012
The comedy film features the relationship between a father and his son. In the son’s childhood, he is obese and has diabetes due to his father’s lack of care.[38]

This Old Cub
2004
A documentary film about baseball player Ron Santo, who has diabetes.[20]

To Kill a Man
2014
A caretaker of a forest preserve has diabetes; when his medicine is stolen, his son’s attempt to recover the medicine leads to the family being terrorized by the criminal gang.[39]

Warlock
1989
A witch hunter enlists a sidekick who has diabetes.[7]

The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time!
1982
The documentary film shows the band The Weavers, including bass vocalist Lee Hays, who had diabetes.[6]

What the Health
2017
The documentary film explores health risks associated with the meat industry and says that several studies show that meat consumption is a leading cause of diabetes.[40]

Who Killed Mary What’s ‘Her Name?
1971
The film amateur sleuth has diabetes and is helped by another character.[21]

The Witches
1990
The young protagonist’s grandmother has diabetes.[10]

Wonderful World
2009
The protagonist’s roommate is hospitalized for treatment of a coma due to diabetes. The protagonist falls in love with his roommate’s sister, who comes to visit.[41]

November, Diabetes Awareness Month/ Type 1 Information Share

Type 1 Diabetes

Millions of people around the world live with diabetes or know someone living with diabetes.

The majority have type 2 diabetes, but an important minority have type 1 diabetes (~5%). Contrary to popular belief, type 1 diabetes is not a childhood disease.

It occurs at every age, in people of every race, and of every shape and size. In fact, there are more adults who have type 1 diabetes than children, although it was previously known as juvenile diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.

The body breaks down the carbohydrates you eat into blood glucose (also called blood sugar), which it uses for energy.

Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body.

With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

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