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Top 6 Netflix documentaries for diabetics (Review 2020)

Top 6 Netflix documentaries for diabetics
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Looking for a great Netflix or Amazon documentary about diabetes? I listed the top 6 documentaries currently available on Netflix or Amazon that had an impact on my life as a diabetic. These documentaries were and eye-opener. Even when you are a vegetarian, vegan or just trying to be healthier, these documentaries can help you.

In this review you will learn about:

  • What is a documentary about health/diabetes on Netflix?
  • Why are health documentaries a good educational resource?
  • Is eating plant-based good for diabetics?
  • Can a plant-based diet reverse diabetes?

Below you can find my overall #1 rated documentary for diabetics. Keep in mind that there are more films on health on Netflix & Amazon. Use these as a start if they happen to interest you.

My overall #1 Netflix documentary for diabetics

That Sugar Film
  • 60 days adventure
  • Eye-openener
  • Sugar (diabetic) focused
  • Guided by experts

Damon will no longer eat “healthy” food for 60 days, but will only eat ready-made products from the supermarket with added sugar. Products that manufacturers want us to believe that they are healthy.


The great thing is that he doesn’t eat “too much” like in the Supersize Me documentary. In That Sugar Film, he will eat exactly his calorie needs.


He wants to test the quality of your food before it affects your body. After all, many people know that too much food makes you fatter. 

Top 6 best documentaries for diabetics

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What is a documentary about health/diabetes on Netflix?

We are living in a world where we seem to become more and more obsessed with the “secret” behind the biggest industries out there. A documentary about health is stating that they know what we are eating is unhealthy. More question arise, like; Why are we sick? How to solve health-related problems? Can we reverse diabetes with a plant-based diet? Will we live longer if we eat more healthy? Is becoming vegan good for us? And more. The audience with these questions is growing and therefore needs to be answered in documentaries that hold proven studies. 

Why are health documentaries a good educational resource?

Since our birth we are educated with what is good for us. First our parents, after that teachers and the older we get we start trusting TV, internet and more media types. But what to believe? More and more documentaries about health have studies from trusted resources which they also list. The documentaries that I list in this blog post all refer to these studies. Most of these documentaries are about a more healthy lifestyle or can be associated with diabetes. Many of them which I believe, research and also try in my own balanced diet.

Is eating plant-based good for diabetics?

I'm a "flexitarian" and try to eat as little meat and fish as possible. I also try to eat vegan and eat as less carbs and processed food. I see positive results in my body that needs less insulin and also having less spikes in my sugar. I combine this with some exercise during the week. Overall I  see that my sugar levels are way better during these periods compared to other periods where I eat unhealthy and don't do any sports. Especially during the first weeks of lockdown because of COVID-19. I stopped exercise and ate less healthier. 

Recent studies proved that people who ate a mostly plant-based diet reduced their risk of diabetes by 23%. The association was even stronger, a 30% drop in risk of type 2 diabetes, for people who ate healthy plant-based foods, including veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts and whole grains.

I believe it's more healthy for everybody to have a well balanced diet that consists out of less carbs and processed foods.

Can a plant based diet reverse diabetes?

As stated before it's more healthy for everybody to have a well balanced diet. I don't link it directly to reversing any kind of diabetes but it can improve overall health.

Studies proved that a low-fat/carb plant-based diet works good as a diet for diabetics and in most cases can help control diabetes better. Heart disease risk is also lowered by following these diets. A plant-based diet has been shown to work better than American and any other Diabetes Association's guidelines in treating diabetes.

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Damon will no longer eat “healthy” food for 60 days, but will only eat ready-made products from the supermarket with added sugar. Products that manufacturers want us to believe that they are healthy.


The great thing is that he doesn’t eat “too much” like in the Supersize Me documentary. In That Sugar Film, he will eat exactly his calorie needs.


He wants to test the QUALITY of your food before it affects your body. After all, many people know that too much food makes you fatter. 

That Sugar Film

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But does what you eat matter even if you are not over your calories? Is eating 2500 kcal per day of biscuits just as healthy as eating 2500 kcal of fresh fruit?


To get the right guidance during his 60 day adventure, Damon Gameau receives the help of several “experts”. These experts guide him in the amount of products that the “average” unhealthy Australian eats, do (blood) tests to see how (un)healthy he is and of course just to make the film look more professional. They tell him that the average Australian consumes 40 teaspoons (1 teaspoon = 4 grams of sugar) of sugars per day. And so his goal is to actually get this in.

A person that eats 50 grams of processed meat every day increases the risk of colon cancer by 18 percent. A year and a half ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) waved these sensational numbers, derived from more than 800 studies by 22 scientists. Ham, bacon or salami have since then been placed on the same level as tobacco, asbestos or plutonium, in the list of carcinogens.

What The Health

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When documentary makers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn heard that message, they thought it was new information. But apparently such studies have been around for fifty years. Why has no health organization warned before? Or even stronger: why do their websites even recommend certain meat products as a healthy diet?

Although the message that animal protein can have a negative effect on our body is not new information, just like the fact that humans are actually a herbivore, this documentary distinguishes itself in the way the message is delivered. Instead of focusing on animal suffering, this documentary focuses much more on what a plant-based diet can offer you personally.


In my opinion, this documentary uses a very effective method to get people to think differently.

The Game Changers

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It shows what someone actually can benefit from. Whether you let yourself be convinced or inspired is entirely up to you, but The Game Changers is an eye-opener even for the most convinced omnivore.

Cowspiracy is not necessarily about the animal suffering that takes place in the livestock and dairy industry. This film ensures that it does not contain many very shocking images – which makes it an enjoyable film to watch. Cowspiracy simply has a different angle. The creator of the film, Kip Andersen, begins a search for solutions to environmental problems.

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We are talking about topics such as food waste, water shortages, the loss of entire nature reserves and CO2 emissions. When he digs deeper he stumbles upon more that we can believe.

In the documentary it is made very clear that something is wrong in our Western society: What happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technologies, we are sicker than ever. Obesity is a serious problem, the number of diabetes cases is increasing alarmingly, especially among children. The current generation of young people seems to be the first in the history of humanity whose life expectancy is lower than that of its parents.


Forks Over Knives

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Health care costs are skyrocketing and despite the fact that billions are spent on the fight against cancer and cardiovascular disease, these are still the leading causes of death in the Western world.


However, according to Forks over Knives, there is a single solution that is so simple that it is overlooked by most. Forks over knives shows that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases we suffer from can be controlled by leaving our current menu based on animal products and refined foods.


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This documentary takes a critical look at wheat throughout history, not just in terms of its nutritional value but its biochemistry, its effect on the body and brain, and the human interventions that have a direct bearing on this food item that is now so hard to avoid.

Whats With Wheat

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My top pick: That Sugar Film

After a mind-boggling list of documentaries I believe that if you eat healthier and do more exercise your overall health improves a lot. If you are a diabetic you can surely benefit from this as it has a positive impact on your sugar levels. You need less insulin (which is also healthier), you are less tired and you overall benefit from this as  human being.


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