Muscle-Strengthening, Conditioning Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Women

Experts recommend about two-and-a-half hours of moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise a week to reduce the risk of diabetes and other disease. Grontved, however, says they found benefits at all levels of exercise.

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New research suggests muscle-strengthening exercises and conditioning activities like yoga can help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes in women.

Scientists have found that one way to reduce the risk of diabetes is with aerobic exercise, workouts like running or brisk walking that work up a sweat and increase your heart rate.

In a new study, researchers at Harvard University and other institutions studied the effects of other kinds of exercise on diabetes risk.

A previous study found that men who lifted weights were less likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, so in this study, researchers wanted to find out if the same holds true for women.

One-hundred-thousand women have joined the long-running Nurses’ Health Study. They regularly fill out questionnaires on their health and lifestyle, which scientists use in studies like this.

First author Anders Grontved says they saw better results among women who did regular muscle-strengthening exercise…

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