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Weight Training

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  • Men who engage in regular strength training slash their type 2 diabetes risk, and the benefit increases with the amount of strength training per week
  • Strength training for at least 150 minutes a week lowered diabetes risk by 34 percent compared to being sedentary
  • Weight training reduced diabetes risk independent of aerobic exercise, but when the strength training was combined with aerobic exercise, the benefit grew even more; men who engaged in more than 150 minutes of aerobic exercise and at least 150 minutes of strength training per week had a 59 percent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Super-slow weight training is a form of high-intensity exercise that is not only more effective than conventional strength training, it may offer even greater benefits to your health

By Dr. Mercola

Exercise is a well-known tool for helping to prevent type 2 diabetes, but typically the focus is on aerobic exercise.

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