Weight training cuts type 2 diabetes risk in women

Researchers from Harvard Medical School followed up 99,316 women aged 36–81 years who were participants in the Nurses’ Health Study and found that those who reported weekly sessions of just 30 minutes of total muscle-strengthening activity had an 18% lower relative risk of type 2 diabetes, compared to their non-weight lifting counterparts.

Total muscle strengthening activities included resistance training as well as lower-intensity exercise such as yoga or stretching.

Women who participated in resistance exercise had the lowest relative risk, but even those who only participated in the lower-intensity activity