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Doc Talk: Diabetes

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Thanksgiving is day that people traditionally eat a lot.

And it's often on those days that we joke that too much of this or that will result in some disease, including diabetes.

But that is a myth, too much sugar does not necessarily lead to diabetes.

November is American Diabetes Month and it's important to remember there are a lot of factors that could lead to diabetes.

"Some risk factors are being overweight, being physically inactive, having poor eating habits," explains Erica Italiano, a registered dietitian at Holy Spirit.

During November doctors and experts highlight the disease and how serious it can be.

"It can be a very scary time in your life because it is a very big disease that you have to deal with."

What is diabetes?

"Type one diabetes in where the pancreas does not make any insulin at all," said Italiano.

Type one diabetes is more severe than type two diabetes, which is when the pancreas is making insulin but not enough of it.

Doctors are seeing an increase in diabetes due to processed foods and overeating.

If you think about it, eating is a big part of our social lives

But if you think people develop diabetes because of eating too many sugary foods, you're wrong.

"It's going to be more of overall eating habits and having poor eating habits all around," explained Italiano. "It's actually more saturated fat that can cause what's called insulated resistance and that's going to cause your blood sugars to go higher."

Family history can also put you at risk.

Dietitians and doctors recommend a healthy balanced diet, regular exercise and not smoking to try and combat it.

They also encourage anyone 40 and older to get screened.

It can be a big lifestyle change but it is very manageable.

So if you want that second helping of stuffing, or some extra gravy, have at it. But maybe hit up the gym tomorrow too.

Warning signs of diabetes include frequent thirst or urination, extreme hunger or extreme weight loss.

If you're concerned you're at risk ask your doctor for a glucose test.

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