Diabetes is becoming more prevalent in the United States each year – by 2020, 1 in 3 Americans may have Type 2 diabetes. This prediction is alarming, especially considering the many health complications that can be caused by diabetes. This number also applies to Americans of all ages; anyone can be at risk for Type 2 diabetes, from children to seniors. Primary Health Network physician Haney Wahba, MD, has done extensive research on diabetes management and prevention and places importance on managing the risk factors that you can control. There are three main risk factors for Type 2 diabetes: being overweight, eating an unhealthy diet, and not getting enough exercise. Fortunately, most people can control all three of these factors.Weight management is important to prevent many diseases, not just diabetes. If you are overweight, losing just 10% of your body weight can make a difference. When it comes to your diet, try increasing the amount of vegetables and whole grains you eat, and reduce the amount of sugar you consume. Exercising increases your production of insulin and lowers your blood sugar, and can also contribute to weight loss.In addition to these factors, genetics may play a part in your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. If your doctor believes that you might have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes due to your family history, you may need to start getting screened sooner. Talk to your doctor at your next appointment about your risk and about making lifestyle changes to lower your risk.Dr. Wahba provides family medicine services at our Jacksonville Family Medicine Center location in Clarksburg, PA. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wahba, please call 724-726-0300.This article is not intended to provide professional medical advice, diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services. Before beginning any diet or exercise program, always consult your primary care physician.