When it comes to using exercise to improve your health, a little bit of activity, even a gentle walk, is better than none. But when it comes to shrinking your diabetes and heart disease risk, scientists have pinpointed a few activities that can be the most effective defenders of your blood sugar and cardio wellness.
Research at the University of Michigan Medical School and Baylor University shows that having stronger muscles and lifting weights can give you a stronger chance of not getting diabetes. It is especially helpful for younger people.
The analysis was performed on more than 1,400 adolescents.
“It’s a widely-held belief that BMI (body mass index), sedentary behaviors and low cardiovascular fitness levels are linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke, but our findings suggest muscle strength possibly may play an equally important role in cardiometabolic health in children,” says researcher Mark D. Peterson, a research assistant professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan Medical School.
The kids in the study were tested for the strength of their handgrip strength. Their cardiorespiratory fitness was also measured.
The study showed a powerful link between strength and a decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease or stroke.