Tips on how diabetics can have a healthy Thanksgiving

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A woman with diabetes monitors her glycemia in Paris on March 24, 2020, on the eighth day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman with diabetes monitors her glycemia in Paris on March 24, 2020, on the eighth day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Dietitians say we are entering what is called “holiday eating season,” and diabetes is getting a lot of attention.

Kentucky has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country. Tami Ross, a dietician with UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center said a big Thanksgiving meal in itself doesn’t bring about the disease, However, she said people living with pre-diabetes or diabetes need to be careful with what foods they eat and watch their blood sugar levels.

“When you go to fill your plate, try to fill about half of your plate with vegetables. Pick vegetables that are not starchy, like green beans or green salad, or it might be things like roasted Brussel sprouts,” Ross said.

Most Americans will gain about six pounds during the holiday eating season.

The African American and Hispanic populations have an increased risk of type two diabetes.

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