Resistance Training Reduces Risk of Diabetes

September 14, 2016 in STSMPT

A recent study shows that resistance training can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Resistance training includes exercises in which a muscle contraction is opposed by force to increase strength or endurance.


The study included adults between the ages of 50-69, each of whom were screened for prediabetes. The participants completed a supervised resistance training program twice per week for 12 weeks. Results show that those who completed the exercise training improved upon all of these characteristics of prediabetes: lowered blood sugar and blood pressure levels, decreased waist size and body fat, and increased strength.


Exercise, along with diet, is an important part of managing diabetes. It is never too late to take control of your health.


Source: Eikenberg J, Savla J, Marinik E, et al. Prediabetes phenotype influences improvements in glucose homeostasis with resistance training. PLOS One, 11(2): e0148009. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148009.

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