Quick Study: For Men, Weight Training Could Lower Diabetes Risk


The study:  Weight training may help men prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. A study published online this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine tracked 32,002 men for 18 years; in that time 2,278 participants developed Type 2 diabetes. Just doing weight training for 150 minutes a week was linked with having a 34 percent lower risk of developing the disease. Aerobics alone was associated with a 52 percent lower risk, and combining the exercises was linked with a 59 percent reduced risk.

What we already know: Exercise—including weight training—has been shown in previous studies to be an effective way to manage Type 2 diabetes, but less is known about the effect of weight workouts on preventing the disease. Researchers speculate that key benefits of the workouts could be an increase in lean body mass and muscle strength, a decrease in fat and improvements in glycemic control and blood pressure.

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What it means for you: If you’re a guy who favors weight training over cardio, that may be enough to substantially reduce your risk of developing diabetes. However, it’s not a bad idea (for a number of health-related reasons) to add some cardio to your routine anyway, at least a few times a week. 

Are you just into weight training, cardio, or both? Let us know in the comments.

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Jeannine Stein, a California native, wrote about health for the Los Angeles Times. In her pursuit of a healthy lifestyle she has taken countless fitness classes, hiked in Nepal, and has gotten in a boxing ring. Email Jeannine | TakePart.com

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