Film: 9684

Medicine | 1980 | Sound | Colour

Synopsis:

A Diabetes awareness film

A blind man walks down the front stairs of a house, there is a tricycle at the bottom of the stairs. The night sky with a half moon visible. An elephant walking in the African savannah. A sunset scene. Animation showing a blind man walking along a pavement. Close up of flowers. Animation continues to show the blind man catching a bus. A coast (looks like U.S.A.). A town overlooks a blue sea. A sunset scene. The blind man leaves the bus. A lake or the sea. A tall structure (shaped like a chimney) set against a blue sky with some fluffy clouds. A mountain railway running along a river, a snow covered mountain in the background. A woman plays with a child in a playground set in a city square. Close up of the woman smiling while she rocks the child on the horse. Close up of the child smiling and enjoying herself. Two white (Caucasian) girls eating ice-cream in a park. Two black American girls standing next to metal railings. Animation describing the digestive system and how sugar is taken into the cells, it also illustrates the pancreas producing insulin. Without insulin the body cannot convert glucose (a sugar) to energy, sugar accumulates in the blood vessels.

A brief summary of the history of diabetes follows: first described in Egypt (drawing of hieroglyphs); Drawing of a man sitting on a chair and surrounded by doctors; A still portraits the industrial revolution ( women working on machines in a factory); A still of a late 19 century or early 20 century street, possibly in U.S.A. the street is buzzing with people, cars and an electric tram; A 1930's American road with cars and men wearing overcoats or raincoats and hats. A still of people eating in an American restaurant in either 1930 or 1940. A still showing three 1950 women eating junk food (fast food). A still of an American people walking in a street in the 1950's or 1960's. Electric circuitry panels. A still of engineering works which dissolves into colour. A large desert cactus dissolves into a scene showing the Prima Indian tribe dancing. Various close ups of the Indians dancing. An American gas (petrol) station. Dr Kermit Smith of the Gila River Indian Community , Sacalon Arizona talks about the incidence of diabetes in this Indian population. A Japanese restaurant kitchen. A large Japanese family eating in a restaurant. The relationship between body weight and diabetes is superimposed over the image of a Japanese girl with a chopstick. Dr Christos Theophanides from the Paphos Diabetes centre, Cyprus states that diabetes is a major world wide problem. Several shots of different races of people walking in the streets. A street sign indicates directions to "Nice", "Genes Genova", "Beausoleil" and "Jardin Exotique". A Japanese traffic policeman. A doctor treats a patient with diabetic sores (neuropathy) on his foot. Close up of the sores. A blind woman walks along a pavement. A montage of people on streets.

Dr Oluf Pedersen walks along a path in a park area, he talks to the camera about population studies done in Denmark, these studies showed that half of type two diabetes in Denmark show no symptoms and therefore go undetected. A middle aged woman talks about her diabetes. A nurse helps a man who is on crutches to a chair. A dietician talks to a woman, there are several foods spread out on the table. An elderly group do aerobics. An elderly lady walks in the street, superimposed on this image are figures illustrating that untreated diabetes shortens life by one third and is also the fourth leading cause of death. A blind woman walking, superimposed is "Leading cause of blindness between ages 20-74". An American policeman helps a blind woman cross the road. An animation describes blood circulation in the body, heart and kidneys. A medical professional talks to a woman who is being tested for diabetes. Close up of a blood drop being placed on a testing strip. An elderly man talks about his diabetes. An American city. A south American city (in Peru or Guatemala). People over indulging in food in a south American restaurant. A huge piece of barbecued meat is carved. An African village (possibly in Kenya) with people walking about. A south American (Latin America) street market. A south American Indian plays a harp on a town road. Dr Eesh Bhata, a doctor in India says that in India the major problem is that people leave diagnosis to late, and often the surgeries do not have the testing facilities to perform a urine or blood test.

A montage describing diabetic research. An eye examination. A man injects insulin. A still of Sir Frederick Grant Banting and a still of John J.R. Macleod (Nobel Prize winners, both discovered insulin). A man talks on the phone in his office. A girl is supervised by a medical professional while she injects insulin. A hospital's nursing station. Ghada El-hajj says that many type two diabetes can be diet controlled and that type two patients underestimate the disease. Dr Donnell Etzwiler of the International Diabetes Centre says that type two diabetes is very poorly treated. An eye examination. A list of diabetic symptoms are superimposed on a door, these symptoms include fatigue, frequent urination, excessive thirst, hunger, blurred vision, numbness of the hands or feet. An eye examination. Close up of the eye under examination. The doctor talks to the man undergoing the eye examination. A Chinese looking man talks about his early diabetic symptoms. Another man also discusses his diabetic diagnosis. A man walks across a park. A young girl has her eyes examined. Close up of the eye as it is viewed by the doctor. A street full of people, possibly in Japan. A nursing bay in a hospital. Another eye examination. Two blind people cross a busy street in America. An elderly man arrives at a hospital to visit an elderly woman lying in an hospital bed, she has a black patch on an eye.

Christos Theophanides states that if left undiagnosed, type two diabetes is a very serious disease. A man washing his car. A blind man walks along a pavement. A man waters the garden with a hose pipe. A Chinese looking man says that the best way to combat the disease is to exercise. A woman talks about the main differences diabetes brought to her life. Dr Kermit Smith from the Gila River Indian Community states that patients are in control and therefore patients should or must control the disease. A Japanese doctors surgery waiting room, a man walks in to see the doctor and is told his tests results, his son and wife wait outside. The man leaves the doctor and smiles as he walks towards his family, he holds the boy in his arms, the boy smiles.


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