Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Research Scan: Exercise Cuts Diabetes

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Research Scan: Exercise Cuts Diabetes

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Men who do weight training regularly--for example, for 30 minutes per day, five days per week--may be able to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 34%, according to a new study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Southern Denmark. And if they combine weight training and aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or running, they may be able to reduce their risk even further--up to 59%.

This is the first study to examine the role of weight training in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. The results suggest that, because weight training appears to confer significant benefits that are independent of aerobic exercise, weight training can be a valuable alternative for people who have difficulty with the latter.

The study was published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine on 6 August.

"Until now, previous studies have reported that aerobic exercise is of major importance for type 2 diabetes prevention;' said lead author Anders Grontved, visiting researcher in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH and a doctoral student in exercise epidemiology at the University of Southern Denmark. …

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