Dr. Oberg shares how parents can prevent their children from acquiring type 2 diabetes even if there is a family history.
When families are inheriting risk factors for diabetes, several things are going on. Of course there’s the biology of how our body handles blood sugar, but there’s all the eating behaviors and rituals that we have around food and how we cook that we inherit as well.
So, families that eat whole foods together, that sit down at the table together to share meals, have lower risks of diabetes and we actually see that in the research that sitting at the table and sharing meals is protective against diabetes.
About Dr. Oberg, M.D., M.P.H.:
Dr. Erica Oberg, who completed her doctorate and residency at Bastyr University in 2003 and holds an MPH degree in Health Services from the University of Washington, combines the latest scientific research with the timeless wisdom of our bodies and spirits.
Specializing in preventative and naturopathic medicine, whether you are at the end of your rope, seeking optimal health, wanting to prevent future disease, or just get over a cold more quickly, you will benefit from Dr. Oberg’s approach.
In addition to clinical medicine, Dr. Oberg teaches medical students at Bastyr University, writes a regular article on prevention for practicing doctors, and is conducting 2 research studies at UW that aim to bring more wellness to primary care medicine. She is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, chairs the Prevention Expert Committee for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. When not practicing, you can find her in the garden or kayaking in Puget Sound.
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