November is diabetes awareness month, so now is the perfect time to start a healthier lifestyle.
Health experts say diabetes has become an epidemic and they want people to pay closer attention to the risk factors.
There are a lot of risk factors for diabetes such as family history, ethnicity and age, but so is being overweight.
Sanford Diabetes Educator, Cheryl Beech says a lot has changed over the last twenty years and it's not all for the better.
Cheryl Beech/Sanford Health: "People are eating differently than we used to. We are eating more and different types of foods and we are not exercising. And, we are seeing a difference in how our bodies function as we get bigger."
Beech says no food is off limits, but people need to think about portion control... especially when we eat out.
Beech: "We are going to emphasize ways to have smaller portions. Here are some ideas: share a meal at the restaurant, take half the meal home or ask waiter to put half of your meal in a take home box right away, so you're not tempted to eat it."
And, if you're have a hard time controlling your portions at home... try changing your plates. Smaller plates or plates with a recessed inside can make you think you are eating more than not filling up a larger plate.
Beech also says people need to be conscious about how much pop they are drinking. You can spare yourself a lot of calories drinking a diet pop or better yet, by grabbing a water.