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A Prospective Study of Weight Training and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Men

A prospective study of weight training and risk of Type 2 diabetes in men has found that weight training was associated with a significantly lower risk.

Researchers in this study examined the role of weight training in the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). They followed 32,002 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study observed from 1990 to 2008 to examine the association of weight training with risk of T2DM and to assess the influence of combining weight training and aerobic exercise.  They found that engaging in weight training or aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes per week was independently associated with a lower risk of T2DM.  They also found that men who engaged in both aerobic exercise and weight training for at least 150 minutes per week had the greatest reduction in T2DM risk.  They concluded that weight training was associated with a significantly lower risk of T2DM, independent of aerobic exercise. Combined weight training and aerobic exercise conferred a greater benefit.

Source: Grøntved A, et al. A Prospective Study of Weight Training and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Men. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Aug 6:1-7. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22868691)
 

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