The Texas Diabetes Institute is launching a new study to beat diabetes before it takes its hold on you, and they're still looking for volunteers.

"We called and made an appointment, came over, they tested me, and I find out that I'm pre-diabetic," said Juan Antonio De Leon Jr., who found out he was pre-diabetic by accident after looking for info to help his wife's diabetes. "I said, 'Let's go check it out to see if maybe we can do something that can maybe improve her diabetic situation.'"

Instead, De Leon Jr. found out that he, himself, was pre-diabetic.

"I was concerned about the future. I'm getting older, medically. I don't want to have to have problems with my health. I want to improve my health if I possibly can," De Leon Jr. said.

Aside from changing long-term eating habits and a need to increase exercise, one obstacle in the way of many diabetic patients is the cost of having to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle.

"You're going to go eat a taco on the west side for 99 cents or you are going to go somewhere else where you are going to pay seven or eight dollars," De Leon Jr. said.

"If it's something that really can't be afforded, the Food Bank has been phenomenal helping citizens of San Antonio with some of the costs of their food," said Dr. Curtis Triplitt, associate professor of medicine at UT Health San Antonio and diabetes researcher with University Health System.

De Leon Jr. is making the necessary changes that could end up saying his life.

"We are eating a lot more vegetables, fruits, more barbecuing on the grill with the chicken, that kind of thing," he said.

If you would like to learn more about the pre-diabetes study to see if you could be a part of it, call the Texas Diabetes Institute at 210-358-7200. And for more men's health information call 210-358-3045. You can also find the rest of our Real Men Wear Gowns Stories at