Building moderate muscle strength can reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

Consumers don’t need to train intensely to reap the benefits

By Kristen Dalli

03/12/2019 | ConsumerAffairs

Weight training can be intimidating for many consumers, but a new study conducted by researchers from Iowa State University could encourage some people to hit the gym — even lightly.

According to the study, building a moderate amount of muscle strength can be effective in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“Naturally, people will want to know how often to lift weights or how much muscle mass they need, but it’s not that simple,” said researcher DC (Duck-chul) Lee. “As researchers, we have several ways to measure muscle strength, such as grip strength or bench press. More work is needed to determine the proper dose of resistance exercise, which may vary for different health outcomes and populations.”

Getting stronger and healthier

To see how strength training affected study participants’ likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, the researchers had over 4,600 participants engage in muscle-building exercises. None of the participants had type 2 diabetes at the start of the study, and all were evaluated by physicians both at the beginning and end of the experiment.

The participants completed leg and bench press exercises for the duration of the study, which lasted for two and a half decades, and were divided into groups based on gender, age, and overall strength score…

Continue reading at: