Elite athletes’ diabetes risk one third lower

When 400 athletes with an average age of 70, who represented Finland internationally, were compared to controls, they had a 28% lower risk of type 2 diabetes after adjusting for BMI.

Former endurance athletes, such as long- and middle-distance runners, had a 61% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes compared with controls.

However, every one hour increase in leisure time physical activity decreased the prevalence of type 2 diabetes by 1%, irrespective of age and athletic group.

“With ageing, the former athletes maintained their physically active lifestyle better than