The CDC estimates that more than 30 million American’s are living with Type-2 diabetes and the prevalence will increase to more than 54.9 million by 2030, according to research published by Population Health Management. While that projection may seem insurmountable, it doesn’t have to become a reality. There are steps we can take to minimize our risk. If you’re strength training, you’re already taking a monumental step toward preventing Type-2 diabetes.
Strength Training for Prevention
In a joint statement on exercise and diabetes, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association announced “It is now well established that participation in regular physical activity improves blood glucose control and can prevent or delay type-2 diabetes, along with positively affecting lipids, blood pressure, cardiovascular events, mortality, and quality of life.”
So just how much strength training is required to reap these diabetes preventing benefits? A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Journal demonstrated that even “Moderate strength training and an increase in overall muscle mass were shown to reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 32 percent.” Diabetes prevention through strength training isn’t just for body builders. Performing a full body strength training routine, like the one posted below, just twice a week will do the trick.
We can exponentially increase the benefits of any exercise or activity by including sunshine and natural space. Try performing this simple but effective strength training routine in your neighborhood park. A mindful walk and a blood-pumping strength training session under the sun and trees will be so exhilarating, you’ll undoubtedly make it a regular routine. You’ll need hand weights, a mat, and some water. Repeat the routine below 3 times with a minute of rest in between. Be sure to start with a warm up and end with stretching.
|Step ups with Weights||x12 per side|
|Seated Oblique Twists||x20 per side|
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Oerum, Christel, et al. “How Resistance Training Affects Your Blood Sugar.” Diabetes Strong, 21 Mar. 2020, diabetesstrong.com/how-resistance-training-affects-your-blood-sugar/.
Rowley, William R, et al. “Diabetes 2030: Insights from Yesterday, Today, and Future Trends.” Population Health Management, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Feb. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5278808