Beat diabetes, control blood glucose with weight training
Weight lifting helps prevent type 2 diabetes in men, discovered a new study cited by the BBC.
The researchers found that regular weight lifting has reduced the risk of developing diabetes by one third, and the study was conducted on 32 000 men. It was published in the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
It is already well known that regular exercises protect against the development of the disease, but new research shows that lifting weights can replace aerobic training, such as running and is an alternative for people with movement difficulties.
Scientists from Harvard Medical School in the USA and the University of Southern Denmark followed study participants for a period of 18 years, during which nearly 2300 people had developed the disease.
According to the study, lifting weights for 30 minutes a day, five times a week, can reduce the risk of diabetes 2 by 34 per cent. The results showed that not even so much regular exercises, like for example – only one hour a week reduced the risk with 12 per cent. However, aerobic exercise showed the best results and helped twice as much to prevent the disease. The combination of both – aerobics and weight lifting, reduces the incidence of diabetes 2 by 59 per cent, according to the study.
Many people have a problem with starting and maintaining a strict exercise program. The results of the study show that weightlifting is an good alternative, said Andres Grontved, author of the study.
However, it is still not clear whether the results will be the same and women.