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.