November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and health officials say the disease is becoming more common across the country.
About 7,000 Humboldt County residents are diabetic. The disease can be delayed or prevented by changing certain behaviors. Health experts say to help prevent diabetes, you should exercise at least 150 minutes per week and cut back on calories and saturated fats. With Thanksgiving just two days away, Experts say you don’t have to sit out on the meal to have a healthier holiday.
"Eating your healthy breakfast and lunch and then looking ahead at the big spread and then deciding what you want most and then keeping your portions to what you think is your healthy choices for that meal, and also staying active for that day, so it's really easy to sit around while we're full, maybe watch football, or just hang out with our friends and family, which is very enjoyable, but if we can all get out and walk a little bit, take a stretch," said Patti Williams, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator with the Health Education Alliance.
You can learn more about diabetes prevention and treatment through the Health Education Alliance. For those with the disease, there are diabetes support groups in both Eureka and McKinleyville.