How Lifting Weights Helps Prevent Diabetes

Prevention efforts focus on losing weight. You can add weight lifting as well


Diabetes, the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., is not a disease of blood sugar. If that was the case and eating too much sweet stuff caused the condition, then every child will have it.[slideshow:92845]

Diabetes is a disease of insulin, a hormone the pancreas produces to help the body use sugar (glucose) from the carbs in the food for energy or store it for the future.

More than 29 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, have the illness, according to the American Diabetes Association.

“About one third of all individuals with the condition in which blood glucose levels are too high – that is nearly 8 million people – have not been diagnosed, even though their blood sugar values are elevated,” Dr. Athena Philis-Tsimikas from Scripps Health’s Whittier Diabetes Institute in San Diego, says. About 1.4 million new cases are detected every year.

Diabetes is a chronic disease and usually has a genetic cause, so once it has manifest itself it is difficult to “cure,” but it is possible to reverse the elevations in blood sugar with improvement in diet and physical activity.

Prevention efforts also focus on losing weight. You can add weight lifting to that list.

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