SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - Earlier this year, Shasta County Public Health spoke with Action News Now about their efforts to alert residents that diabetes numbers within the county were rapidly rising.
As of March, over half of the residents in the county were considered Pre-Diabetic and 70-percent of that number will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
Another 11-percent of the county has been diagnosed with diabetes as well.
"Then you also look at physical activity and less than 50-percent of people are being physically active for 30 minutes,” said Shasta County Public Health Official, Cameron Lievense.
But for doctors at Shasta Regional Medical Center they're putting up a fight to stop these numbers.
"Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes is a huge thing in our community especially in Shasta County and now we'll be able to provide more services,” said Shasta Regional Medical Center Marketing Manager Eleah Ervin.
On Thursday, the medical group held a grand opening show casing their new diabetes care center.
Where diabetes residents can seek treatment.
"You spend about an hour with them and do nutritional counseling, talk to them about exercise and talk to them about what they need to maintain a regular life," said Ervin.
This new space is extremely important because it allows doctors more space to treat their long list of patients .
"We are usually booked I'd say three months out," added Ervin.
Adding this is only the first step towards a healthier future.
"I think its vital. Defintely something we needed," said Ervin.
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