Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weight Training and Aerobic Exercise Reduce Diabetes Risk

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weight Training and Aerobic Exercise Reduce Diabetes Risk

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Dear Doctor K: My doctor says aerobic exercise will reduce my risk of diabetes. What about weight training?

Dear Reader: Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, helps to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, which is by far the more common type of diabetes. So I assume that's the type that runs in your family.

Of course, not everyone can do aerobic activity. Others, like yourself, may simply prefer weight training. According to a study from Harvard and the University of Southern Denmark, weight training can also cut diabetes risk.

Your body relies on a basic fuel called glucose, which comes from the starches and sugars you eat. A hormone called insulin delivers the glucose from your blood to the cells of your body. But if you don't produce enough insulin, or if your cells ignore the insulin, you may develop Type 2 diabetes. …

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