A Touch of Sugar

A Touch of Sugar

Confronting America’s type 2 diabetes epidemic – one community and one patient at a time.


Having support from medical professionals can make a big difference in helping the Hispanic/Latino community better manage type 2 diabetes. That’s why the NHMA and Merck are working together to help shed light on the social, economic and environmental factors that influence disease management with the documentary, A Touch of Sugar.

The film is told through the voices of people united in their struggle with this chronic disease. Interviews with patients and their loved ones, as well as doctors, advocates and thought leaders in the space, including NHMA’s Dr. Rios, explore the larger type 2 diabetes ecosystem at work and reinforce the disease as an urgent public health issue that cannot be ignored, especially among underserved populations.

As Shenekqual prepares for her wedding, Stewart heads to Capitol Hill, Niurka provides for her family, and Susie searches for the support she needs, A Touch of Sugar raises awareness of how we must fight the stigma associated with the disease and confront this epidemic – one patient and one community at a time.

Continuing the Conversation
Type 2 diabetes is a significant concern for Hispanic/Latino adults in the United States because this community is almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults, and about 12% of Hispanic/Latino adults are currently diagnosed with the disease. To truly make a difference, advocacy needs to go beyond the month of November. By continuing to work together to eliminate health disparities and tackle the socioeconomic factors affecting disease management, we can make a real difference in reducing the impact of type 2 diabetes.

We encourage everyone to watch A Touch of Sugar and start an important dialogue with your colleagues, families, friends and community that can inspire actionable change.

To request a link to view the film, please visit AmericasDiabetesChallenge.com and press the link at the top of the page that reads “Click Here to View A Touch of Sugar.” On the website, you will also be able to find educational materials and type 2 diabetes management resources, such as infographics and brochures in both English and Spanish. If you would like to secure copies of these materials, please email AmericasDiabetesChallenge@gcihealth.com.

The documentary is part of America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals – a program from Merck that urges people with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goal (A1C is the average blood glucose over the past 2-3 months). The program also encourages people to learn the signs and symptoms of low blood glucose, known as hypoglycemia.

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