Poor diet, genetic factors, obesity, and lack of exercise may partly explain the increased prevalence of glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes with advancing age. Among the confounding factors for the development of type 2 diabetes associated with aging, the most important are increased body adiposity and reduced lean body mass. These changes are characteristic of the aging process, but individually can be found in many pathological states with similar untoward metabolic consequences. The concomitant occurrence of these body composition changes and aging per se probably has an important impact on the development of type 2 diabetes in elderly.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.