HS 1002a - Class 15 - Thursday, Oct. 25
Questions on Film Series “Unnatural Causes”, Episode: Bad Sugar
This film examines the problem of Type 2 Diabetes among the Pima Indians (in Arizona) within a Social
Determinants of Health framework.
This film focuses on Type 2 Diabetes, also known as Diabetes Mellitus. This form of diabetes is
characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood and the body’s inability to regulate glucose levels
properly. Type 2 diabetes can be managed through changes to lifestyle and medication. Undiagnosed or
untreated diabetes can have serious short- and long-term complications. Diabetes affects many major
organs, including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Long-term complications include
cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage (potential blindness), and foot
damage (sometimes requiring amputation). For more information, go to:
• What are the differences in the rates of Type 2 Diabetes among the Indigenous peoples in this
film, compared to the national average in the US?
More than 7x the national average
• What impact does genetics have on the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes?
Not just one or two genes involved in diabetes that affect it, many more that are unclear.
• What evidence exists for the effects of colonization on Type 2 diabetes?
Land, culture and work disappear because of colonization, also many of the peopl