Strength Training Ends Prediabetes And Helps Dodge Type 2 Diabetes

Jun 5 2017 - 5:10am
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Diagnosed with prediabetes? You might want to head straight to the gym instead of the pharmacy. New research has found that weight training is a good thing, particularly when it comes to reversing prediabetes and dodging type 2 diabetes.

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Statistics On Diabetes in The US Are Dismal

According to the most recent statistics on prediabetes from the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 86 million Americans aged 20 years and older had prediabetes; this is up from 79 million in 2010. What is more, 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, causing researches to have a closer look at the link between exercise and diabetes prevention.

Prediabetes is a condition characterized by slightly elevated blood glucose levels. The condition is caused by poor dietary choices resulting in stagnant or sluggish liver function, also known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). A prediabetes diagnosis is regarded as indicative that a person has a fatty liver and is at risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes, according to a recent Yale Study.

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Exercise And Diabetes Prevention Go Hand-In-Hand

Being diagnosed with prediabetes comes with some standard behavioral marching orders, such as making dietary lifestyle changes, losing weight, and exercising, however, researchers at Virginia Tech found that one particular behavioral change – regular strength, or resistance training – makes a big difference for some people diagnosed with the condition.

Sedentary obese adults participated in the exercise and diabetes prevention 15 month trial. Thirty percent of the 159 participants in this study, who did trained consistently for 15 months, were free of prediabetes.

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Strength Training Builds Muscles And Breaks Up Belly Fat

The study concluded that resistance training is an effective, maintainable strategy for reducing prediabetes and increasing muscular strength. Researchers found the progress was due to improvements in muscle mass, since lean body mass is important in how our bodies manage glucose levels. Just a small increase in muscle mass helps to reduce blood glucose levels, according to the research. While the volunteers didn't lose weight, they did lose visceral belly fat – and belly fat increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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