Weight Training Reduces Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
According to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health, men who lift weights (30 min per day x 5 days per week) “may be able to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 34%.”
[box type="important"]“And if they combine their weight training with an additional 150 minutes of aerobic exercise, they may be able to reduce their risk even further — up to 59%”.[/box]
“Until now, previous studies have reported that aerobic exercise is of major importance for type 2 diabetes prevention,” said lead author Anders Grøntved. But many people have difficulty engaging in or adhering to aerobic exercise. These new results suggest that weight training, to a large extent, can serve as an alternative to aerobic exercise for type 2 diabetes prevention.”
And since an estimated 346 million people worldwide have type 2 diabetes, and diabetes-related deaths are expected to double between 2005 and 2030, this new information could have a powerful effect on global health and healthcare systems.
Note - The researchers said that further research is needed to confirm the results of the study as well as to analyze whether or not the findings can be generalized to women.