September 4, 2012

Weight training decreased chances of Type 2 Diabetes for Men

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It’s undeniable that physical activity is  man’s best friend when it comes to health. But now we can put a percentage value on the minutes of exercise and the decreased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

A study has confirmed that weight training may reduce the likelihood of men developing Type 2 diabetes. Over an  18 year period more than 32,000 men were studied. At the start of the study all of the men were free of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Throughout the study 2,278 men were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that the more likely a person was to train with weights, the less likely they were to develop diabetes.

The reduced risk was comparable in minutes per week of weight training. The men who reported a weekly accumulation of 60 minutes had a 13% reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Men who  engaged in muscle building exercise for  more than 150 minutes per week had a 34% reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Men who reported more than 150 minutes of weight training exercise and aerobic exercise had a 59% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared with those men who reported doing no exercise.

For what it’s worth, the study was predominantly white men. The data does not  translate into women, although you could err on the side of caution and assume that 150 minutes per week of exercise, aerobic or weight lifting, is better than no exercise at all – male or female.

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