Be Safe from Diabetes: Benefits of Weightlifting

It looks like there might be another reason for women to hit the gym. New research points out that it could help protect you from diabetes.

Running, swimming, biking -- calorie-burning activities that make us look and
feel better are also the exercises that doctors say can help us stave off diabetes, which affects more than 25 million Americans. However, a new study shows lifting weights may be the way to go to further cut diabetes risk in women.

Harvard University researchers and their Danish counterparts looked at a group of nearly 100,000 women over an eight-year period. They found that women who did resistance activities like weightlifting and yoga had a 40-percent lower risk of developing diabetes. What's more, women who did both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises were only a third as likely to develop diabetes compared to those who were inactive.

So the best recipe for avoiding diabetes may be a one-two punch, getting aerobic exercise but making time to pump some iron, too.


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