Videos prepared by Steven Liang (BHSc), Tegan O’Brien (Arts and Science), Darren Liu (BHSc), Vitheya Thanabalan (Life Sciences)
Type 2 diabetes has become a pandemic and is showing no signs of slowing down. Today, the estimated worldwide prevalence of type 1 and 2 diabetes is close to 300 million. This number is predicted to rise to 439 million by 2030, with type 2 diabetes accounting for about 90% of these cases. Individuals with type 2 diabetes are often told by their doctors that their disease can be effectively managed with healthy eating, regular exercise and blood sugar monitoring. These students have created a series of three videos that simplify the complex disease process of type 2 diabetes in the hopes that better understanding will motivate patients to better manage their disease.

In this video, the students uses animation to show how obesity can increase a person’s risk of getting diabetes by inducing insulin resistance.

Learning objectives:

– Understand the disease mechanisms underlying type 2 diabetes
– Understand the link between obesity and insulin resistance
– Understand the negative impacts of high blood glucose
– Learn why it is so important to effectively manage Type 2 diabetes