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Lower Risk for Diabetes in Strong Adolescents

Although it is well known that being physically fit can reduce health complications for people of all ages, there may be more to the story in regards to adolescents. Recently in Pediatrics, a study was published that made a link between strength capacity in youths and reduced risk in diabetes.

“The researchers of this latest study, led by Mark D. Peterson, research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School, note that previous studies have found low muscular strength in teen boys is linked to several major causes of death in young adulthood, including suicide and cardiovascular diseases,” (MedicalNewsToday).

The researchers observed Michigan sixth graders from seventeen different schools between 2005 and 2008. Recommended by the Institute of Medicine, a standardized hand-grip assessment was used to determine strength among the children.

Although these findings seem promising, you must keep in mind that correlation does not always support causation. In other words, there may be other factors that contribute to the prevention of type 2 diabetes in strong adolescents. For example, youths that are stronger may participate in some sort of sport or extracurricular activity that requires physical activity. In this case, aerobic activity may contribute to the prevention of diabetes.

Also, we may not have the full story with this study of only three years. Diabetes may not set in until much later in a person’s life (this is called adult on-set diabetes). Three years is simply not enough time to conclude that there is a definite link between diabetes and strength of adolescents later in that child’s life.

Regardless of age, eating well and exercising regularly will significantly reduce your chances of having diabetes. However, remember to consult your health physician before participating in any routine physical activities or diets.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 3-31-2014, 2:00 PM

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