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.


Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

One thought on “Weight Training Reduces Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

  • August 10, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Thanks for the info . A friend was actually arguing with me that weight training doesn’t reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes now I will refer him to this.


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