To reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes as you grow older, take up strength training. In a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, UCLA researchers looked at more than 13,000 adults and found that those with higher muscle mass (relative to body size) were more likely to have better insulin sensitivity and less likely to develop prediabetes or diabetes than those with less muscle. It’s well known that increased body fat, especially obesity, increases the risk of diabetes. But this research suggests that
Regardless of body weight, it is essential to maintain muscle strength.
Weight training associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes “A Prospective Study of Weight Training and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Men,” Anders Grøntved, Eric B. Rimm, Walter C. Willett, Lars B. Andersen, Frank B. Hu, Archives of Internal Medicine, online August 6, 2012.
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