‘Weightlifting’ Seen To Reduce Risk Of Diabetes In Women

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

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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