Weight-Lifting Could Reduce The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
Pumping weights five times a week can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by a third and if combined with aerobic exercise can curt the risk by almost 60 per cent, a study has found.
Even small amounts of weight training had an effect on type 2 diabetes, it was found, which is important for those people who cannot cope with aerobic exercise, the authors said.
However, combining both weight training and aerobic exercise gave the biggest benefits, they said.
Type 2 diabetes affects around two million people in Britain, many of which do not know they have it. It is largely associated with being overweight and substantially increases the risk of suffering a heart attack.
The researchers from Havard School of Public Health in Boston, America and the University of Southern Denmark, followed 32,000 men for 18 years.
The benefits of weight training and aerobic exercise were independent of each other, meaning participants reduced their risk of diabetes by only doing one, but the combined effects were greater, it was found.
The findings were published online in Archives of Internal Medicine.