weight lifting and diabetes

Weightlifting Can Help Control Diabetes

Besides having a chiseled body like the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger, weightlifting has been proven to have extra benefits. Mr. Schwarzenegger was definitely onto something when he became a bodybuilding champion, as there is a link between weightlifting and diabetes. Proper diet and excercise has been the basis of treatment for Type 2 Diabetes because it helps fight obesity and decreases risk of heart disease. However, there is another reason to start a weightlifting regime: researchers in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan have found that training can help regulate blood sugar.

Specifically, it is the white muscle that is developed during resistance training that helps keep blood sugar in check. Jiandie Lin, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Michigan Medical School, was interviewed regarding the study. “We wanted to figure out the relationship between muscle types and body metabolism, how the muscles were made, and also what kind of influence they have on diseases like type 2 diabetes,” he said. White muscles is developed during strength and resistance training (see above picture!) while red muscle is developed during endurance training, such as running marathon. Researchers tested the idea with mice, finding that the white muscle allowed them to still maintain their blood sugar when induced with obesity.

The next step for this research is that it will be tested in human cells, as long as they are able to target specific factors. This research might even lead to the development of new drug treatments for people that target obesity and metabolic disease, a precursor to diabetes. With this research we will hopefully be able to bid a final “hasta la vista” to diabetes.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 4-12-2013, 9:00 AM

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