This was no small study, the subject number (amount of people studied) was close to 100,000, and the larger the subject number (generally) the better the studies validity is. So the focus of research wasn’t a new one, we have known about the benefit of aerobic exercise, resistance work or weightlifting, and its role in reducing the risk of obesity for some time. However this particular study has demonstrated an increased benefit of lifting weights and body weight exercises on significantly lowering the risk of Diabetes. The benefit of weightlifting was seen to be cumulative, so it provides further gains on top of any aerobic work performed alongside.
Women who engaged in a minimum of 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week, and at least 1 hour of resistance work a week (not much at all hey) reduced their risk of Diabetes by a third! Worth investing those 3.5 hours a week to health and longevity right?!?
BBC News Health, (2014). Pump it up! Weightlifting ‘cuts Diabetes risk in women’. Retrieved 16th January, 2013, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25728681