The latest research shows that men who practice weight training reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. Moreover, the scientists say that if they combine the weight training with some form of aerobic exercise the risk drops even more.

We don’t need science to tell us that exercising is good for our health, but we sure need it to guide us to certain forms of exercise in order to prevent specific illnesses risk. The type 2 diabetes can be prevented by working out with weights and adding a bit of aerobic training, the scientists say.

A recent study conducted by Anders Grøntved, a visiting researcher in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH and a doctoral student in exercise epidemiology at the University of Southern Denmark, showed that daily weight training lower the diabetes risk by 34%. And a few minutes of aerobic exercise increases the prevention percent by 59%.

The team of researchers who conducted the study used the data provided by over 32,000 men from 1990 to 2008. Over this period of time, almost 2,300 volunteers have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After adjusting for possible interfering factors, such as other sports, alcohol consumption, smoking and others, these are the results noticed:

Weight training reduces diabetes risk in men• 59 minutes of weight training per week lowered diabetes risk by 12%

• 60 – to 149 minutes of weight training per week lowered diabetes risk by 25%

• Over 150 minutes of weight training per week lowered diabetes risk by 34%

When the training included aerobic exercise, too, the risk dropped by 59%.

Further studies are expected to find similar results in women.