Using weights could lower diabetes risk

Wed, 25 Oct 2006
A new study indicates that teenagers who are overweight could lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and all the complications that arise from it by incorporating weight lifting into an overall healthcare program.

A team at the University of Southern California, who studied teenage Hispanic boys in inner-city environments, conducted the research. Dr. Michael Goran, heading the study, said that it was wrong to think that children would grow out of being overweight as teenagers.

According to Goran, those Hispanic boys who practised lifting weights greatly reduced their risk of developing diabetes. The impact of older relatives in the Hispanic community being severely affected by diabetes was also educating the young to take positive action against the possibility of developing the disease.

To accurately prevent the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it is necessary to build exercise (including weight programs) into an overall fitness regime, and complement this with dietary adjustments.
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