Weight training reduces diabetes risk

Keeping fit has long been linked to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, however, new research suggests that weight training specifically could be the key to staying diabetes free.

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Southern Denmark, has found that men who do 30 minutes of weight training, five days per week, could reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 34 per cent. And when coupled with aerobic exercise, this could reduce the risk even further, up to 59 per cent.

Now we’re not suggesting taking up weight training in your free time, but if you find aerobic exercise too difficult, then perhaps lifting a few kilos regularly (and frequently) could be a good alternative. Even a modest amount of weight training each week may help reduce your risk. Researchers found the following:

  • 1-59 minutes – 12 per cent reduction in risk
  • 60-149 minutes – 25 per cent reduction in risk
  • 150 minutes and above – 34 per cent reduction in risk

Further research is required to analyse the findings, so they can be generalised to women as well as men.

To find out more about the study and its findings, visit Archives of Internal Medicine.

Written by Debbie McTaggart