The racial health disparity surrounding diabetes is on the rise in the US. The US Black adults are almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to white adults.
However, Viola Davis is utilizing her platform as an avenue to spread awareness about this matter. Although, she recently joined forces with the pharmaceutical company Merck to narrate a documentary.
In this, It captures how the disease is impacting communities across the country.
The film is titled as “A Touch of Sugar”. Because It is a part of an initiative led by Merck called America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday.
Moreover, for Davis, the diabetes struggle is personal. She herself has prediabetes, two of her sisters were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. And sadly, one of her family members died after battling with the disease.
Last, the film explores how culture and socio-economic issues are intertwined with the epidemic. Conrod Kelly serves as the Executive Director of the Diabetes Franchise at Merck.
Also, He says the film was created to put “a much-needed spotlight on the real people affected by it firsthand.” He hopes that it inspires people to take action.
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