DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – We all tend to eat — and maybe drink — a little more during the holidays. And that gets people worrying about their diet. And numbers show — there’s good reason to worry!

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The American Diabetes Association estimates 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Of those people, seven million have the disease and are undiagnosed. Another 79 million are showing the early signs of diabetes.

What is troubling to health professionals is many people who could control the disease do not, usually from a lack of proper knowledge about maintaining their health.

“Good morning, good morning!” Michelle Sisson said as she greeted employees at the Wellness Center inside Dougherty’s Pharmacy in Dallas.

Sisson is doing something she wish she’d done years ago — learning how to manage her diabetes.  “I needed to start all over again and I needed to take care of me,” Sisson said. “Because the seriousness was there because I started having some of the complications of Type 2 diabetes.”

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After she was diagnosed with diabetes Sisson said she attended one seminar at a large medical facility. When she started losing feeling in her feet and fingers, Sisson was directed to a walk-in center in the pharmacy. Dougherty’s started a focused diabetes wellness center to fill in the gaps between diagnosis and daily care.

“The doctor may give them a little bit of information, some doctors may have some educators in the office,” said Brad Harrison, a pharmacist with specialized training in diabetic care. “But typically with the health system we have now they don’t have a lot of time or a lot of resources for that.”

“It’s all about eating in moderation, in small portions,” said Anjani Upponi, a dietary specialist, as she consulted Sisson in a small, comfortable office separated from the rest of the pharmacy.

A new patient can walk in for hour-long one-on-one counseling and then schedule classes to learn more about taking care of their diabetes.

From equipment and drugs to specialty footwear, diabetes care is made accessible.  “Accessibility is huge,” Upponi said. “Diabetes education is coming out of hospitals and into a less intimidating environment.

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Sisson says said greatly improved her health thanks to the personalized care.  “And they call me and check on me too!” Sisson laughed. “They keep me honest. Yes, it makes a difference.”