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Cut The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes With Weight Training, Aerobic Exercise

August 6, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Regular weight training can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new Danish study. Researchers collected data on diet and exercise from 32,000 men from 1990 to 2008. Those who weight trained five times a week for 30 minutes were 34 percent less likely to have type 2 diabetes. When they combined weight training with 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, the risk of type 2 diabetes dropped by 59 percent. The researchers said diabetes risk is “likely to be mediated through increased muscle mass and improved insulin sensitivity."
Eric B. Rimm et al., "A Prospective Study of Weight Training and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in MenWeight Training and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes", Archives of Internal Medicine, August 06, 2012, © American Medical Association
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