Joe Robach knows that diabetes is increasing amongst individuals statewide – that’s why he keeps helpful tips about Type 2 Diabetes in his office.  Persons age 45 or older and overweight are at increased risk for pre-diabetes.  However, research has shown that those at risk for diabetes can delay or prevent the onset of the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight through a healthier diet and more exercise.

Type 2 diabetes keeps the body from breaking down sugars in food correctly.  The exact cause of diabetes is unknown, though genetics play a role, as does obesity and sedentary life styles.   Here are a few helpful tips (for a full list go to Joe Robach’s office) to try and prevent type 2 diabetes:

  • Find out if you are at risk.  The first step is to find out if you are at risk for diabetes or if you have pre-diabetes.  Talk with your health care provider at your next visit.
  • Set realistic goals.  You don’t have to knock yourself out to delay diabetes.  Start by taking small manageable steps.  For instance, try and get 15 minutes of physical exercise a day.  Make healthier food choices.  Try to eat more fruits, vegetables, beans and grains.
  • Record your progress.  Keeping a food journal is one of the most helpful ways to lose weight.
  • Don’t quit.  Always get back on track, even if you fall off a few times.

For a brochure or more information about Type 2 diabetes, contact the office of Joe Robach.