Study: Adding weight to your gym workout cuts risk of diabetes
Woman lifts weights
DENVER — Researchers say adding some weight to your gym routine can help cut your risk of developing diabetes.
A study by the Harvard School of Public Health shows weight training combined with cardiovascular activity can cut the chance of developing the disease as much as 60 percent in some patients.
Dr. Emily Hoss of Denver Health says staying fit influences the way your body metabolizes blood sugar and explains, “When you lift weights you use your muscles tremendously and that helps promote more insulin secretion and that helps to control diabetes.”
Emily Jones, a personal trainer at the Matrix Fitness and Spa, says many women shy away from using weights, “Women don’t want big muscles they don’t want to bulk up but that’s not going to happen.”
Jones advises her clients that a well rounded exercise regimen will provide the best benefits.
The study indicates that doing about two and a half hours of weight training per week to start can provide benefits.
You should consult your doctor first before beginning any weight training program if you have back problems or have experienced bone loss.