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Ninety percent of all diabetes cases are type II diabetes. If untreated, this disease can be serious. Type II diabetes is when the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function, or the cells in the body do not react to insulin (this is known as insulin resistance). Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches and turns them into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body.
Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with a healthy body weight. People with a lot of visceral fat, also known as belly fat are especially at risk. Being overweight causes the body to release chemicals that can throw off the body's cardiovascular and metabolic systems. Being overweight, physically inactive and eating the wrong foods all contribute to our risk of developing type II diabetes.
As we get older, our risk for this disease increases. Experts are unsure why, but say that as we age we tend to put on weight and become less physically active. This is yet another way of saying that without a healthy diet and exercise we are not giving ourselves a fighting chance. Type II diabetes is typically a progressive disease. It gradually gets worse and patients usually end up having to take insulin, but some people may be able to control their type II diabetes symptoms by losing weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise, and monitoring their blood glucose levels.