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Weight Lifting in Elders Improves Blood Sugar Control

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A well structured program of weight lifting and moderate weight loss was shown to improve blood sugar control in a group of sedentary, overweight people aged 60 to 80. Study participants lifted weights that worked the muscles in their legs, arms and abdomen. They showed improvement in blood sugar control at three months. At six months, their blood sugar improved even further. Participants also showed an increase in lean body mass.

It’s important to start a weight-lifting plan under the care of a trained professional. If you’re interested in starting such a program, talk with your doctor or other member of your healthcare team. You may also need their advice about finding a gym that would provide the kind of expertise that all new weight trainers need.

Source:
Diabetes Care, 10 October 2002.



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