You know that hitting the gym is essential if you want to build muscle, but the benefits of weight training don't end there.
Until now, we knew that aerobics helped prevent type 2 diabetes, but this research shows that weight training can be done as an alternative for those who aren't into aerobics. However, combining the two has the best results.
The researchers followed 32,002 men from 1990 to 2008. Some of these men were gym goers, and the amount of which they trained varied. At the end of the study, 2,278 of these men developed new cases of diabetes.
It was clear that even a small amount of weight training could help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Men who trained for up to 59 minutes per week lowered their risk by 12%. The percentage depends on how much you weight train; for the men who trained at least 150 minutes per week, their risk was lowered by 34%. Men who combined 150 minutes of weight training with 150 minutes of aerobics (like brisk walking or running) lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by 59%.
Researchers think that the relationship might be because of increased muscle mass and improved insulin sensitivity.
13 million men over 20 have diabetes in the U.S., and diabetes-related deaths are expected to double by 2030.
So what are you waiting for? Hit the weight room with our weight training workouts.
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