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Video: The World's First Reality Show About The Life Of People With Diabetes Filmed In Russia
The world's first reality show about the life of people with diabetes filmed in Russia
The unique project is a synthesis of a documentary film designed to tell about the life of people with diabetes mellitus and a reality show, whose participants are forced to solve problems associated with the disease on a daily basis. The authors of the project aimed to show how the quality of life of a person with diabetes can change, provided the correct approach to their health can be.
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This unique project is a synthesis of a documentary film designed to tell about the life of people with diabetes mellitus, and a reality show, whose participants are forced to solve problems associated with the disease on a daily basis. The authors of the project aimed to show how the quality of life of a person with diabetes can change, provided the correct approach to their health can be.
Nine people with type 1 diabetes took part in the filming of the film, called DiaChallenge, each of whom had his own motive to join the project, the press service of the Technopolis Moscow special economic zone said. Someone needed to deal with compensation, someone - to improve their physical form, someone - to solve psychological problems. An equally important task that the authors of the project set for themselves was the destruction of stereotypes about type 1 diabetes mellitus (“arises from sweets,” “is treated with celandine,” “you cannot give birth,” “contagious,” etc.), promote a healthy lifestyle and communicating to people the importance of regular self-monitoring in diabetes.
A psychologist, an endocrinologist and a trainer worked with the project participants for three months. Participants and experts met once a week at a house in Goretovka, near Moscow. At first glance, the viewer might get the impression that the characters lived in the house during the entire project, as is usually the case in reality shows, but this is not the case. “This is one of the differences between our project and all other reality shows: we helped people overcome themselves not in artificial conditions, when you are constantly watched by cameras and curators, but in real ones, when work, hobbies, family and even children are born”, - said the coach of the project Alexey Shkuratov. By the way, the vice-champion of Russia and Eastern Europe in bodybuilding, CCM in acrobatics and powerlifting Shkuratov, like the participants in the show, lives with type 1 diabetes.
According to the endocrinologist of the project, head. of the Department of Endocrinology and Dietetics of the Stolitsa clinic chain, the author and host of the Hormones Targeted Program at Mediametrics Anastasia Plescheva, she did not set the goal of fully compensating a patient with 20 years of experience in just 3 months. Together with a psychologist and a trainer, the doctor defined a plan for working on themselves for each of the participants to help them challenge fear and indecision, as well as to appreciate the benefits of high-quality self-control, balanced nutrition, a competent approach to sports, the allocation of time and other factors necessary to compensate.
“It is not so easy to receive professional help in a concentrated manner in a short period of time in ordinary life,” notes the project psychologist, certified practitioner of the European Association for Psychotherapy Vasily Golubev. "I have never met people with diabetes who have the opportunity to communicate so closely with several professionals at once." The filming of the film has been completed, but the project has not ended for its participants: the second stage is ahead - 3 months of independent work.
The premiere of the project is scheduled for September 14 on the channel https://www.youtube.com/diachallenge. The film consists of 14 episodes, which will be posted on the network weekly.
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