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Top 6 Netflix documentaries for diabetics

Top 6 Netflix documentaries for diabetics

As a diabetic and a flexitarian I try to educate myself on what is going on in the world. I browse on the web and on Netflix to look for documentaries that could have an impact on the life of diabetics. For me the following documentaries were an eye-opener.

1. That Sugar Film

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. 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.

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3892434/
IMDB score: 7,5 / 10

2. What The Health

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.

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?

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5541848
IMDB score: 7,4 / 10

3. The Game Changers

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: 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.

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7455754
IMDB score: 7,9 / 10

4. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

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. 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.

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3302820
IMDB score: 8,3 / 10

5. Forks Over Knives

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. 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.

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1567233
IMDB score: 7,8 / 10

6. What’s With Wheat

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. 

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5882206/
IMDB score: 6,5 / 10

If you have any questions or any other good documentaries feel free to comment below or contact us via Twitter.


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Ely is the founder of Diabetic & Me. He's a diabetic type 1 since 1996 having an insuline pump and CGM treatment. He believe's in a community where he can bring people with diabetes together where they can share their experiences, read about others, discover diabetic friendly places and more.

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