The Texas Diabetes Institute is launching a new study to beat diabetes before it takea control of you.

"We just came over here and it ended up that [my wife] was not pre-diabetic and I was pre-diabetic," said Hugo Rodriguez, whose wife thought she may qualify for the study but she didn't, and he did. "When they told me I was pre-diabetic, I just couldn't believe it. I had high blood pressure, but I had that for a long time. But other than that, I just felt pretty good."

Your diet plays a big part in the development of diabetes.

"I don't just eat Mexican food. I eat all kinds of food, but I eat a lot a lot of times and I'll serve a plate two or three times,” Rodriguez noted.

But now that he found out he's at risk for developing diabetes, he's changed how much and what he eats.

"When I go to a restaurant, a buffet or whatever, I eat a big salad before eating the big meal and that's how I've been controlling myself," he said.

The standard intervention for diabetes is lifestyle modification such as exercise and eating healthy, but with this study, medication will be used in those who are pre-diabetic as well to try to prevent the onset of diabetes later on.

"We are trying to see if we can recover the function of the pancreas. The pancreas has these cells called beta cells that are responsible for making the insulin," said Dr. Alberto Chavez Velazquez, an endocrinologist at the Texas Diabetes Institute with UT Health San Antonio and University Health System.

"Hopefully it can be reversed so it can be a win-win for me," said Rodriguez, who has high hopes for the study.

If you would like to learn more about the pre-diabetes study or 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