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Weight Training Cuts Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Men

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A new study has found that weight training can lower men’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study involved over 32,000 individuals and determined that lifting weights for a minimum of 2 and a half hours each week resulted in a 34% less chance of developing the disease, which can lead to heart disease, blindness, nerve damage and more.

According to Dr. Hu, lead author of the study, other studies in the past have shown that aerobic, or cardio, exercise helps to prevent diabetes, but this is the first study to analyze the impact weight training has on diabetes risk. It shows that weight training has benefits that are completely separate from aerobic workouts.

Aerobic exercise does help to reduce excess fat, which is one of the biggest risk factors for developing the chronic disease. Weight training, on the other hand, increases muscle mass, which is necessary for good metabolism as well as insulin insensitivity.

The study even found that combining aerobic workouts and weight training resulted in a 59% drop in the risk of diabetes. This reduction was true even after researchers controlled their study for habits like smoking.

According to Dr. Mathur, an endocrinologist in Los Angeles, this study emphasizes that lifestyle is still the most important factor in managing this chronic disease that’s become a pandemic.

Another related study was also published in the same journal, the Archives of Internal Medicine, which found that individuals who already have type 2 diabetes can gain benefits from regular exercise. This study determined that a moderate level of activity makes diabetics 50% less likely to die from heart complications than those diabetics who aren’t physically active.

According to Dr. Hu, the most important thing to take from this study is the fact that combining both types of exercise offers the biggest protection against diabetes. It’s still unclear whether these benefits hold true for women, as the study was done exclusively using men. Over 23 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes and this number is expected to go up. It’s important to realize that exercise does not need to be intensive or aggressive to confer benefits to diabetic patients, as even walking can help manage the disease. For those who are at risk for developing diabetes, a combination of cardio workouts and weight training may lower this risk.

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