Building Muscle Benefits Women
Strengthening the muscles is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes among women. A study that included 100,000 women between the ages of 36 and 81 found that those who did yoga, lifted weights, stretched out, or toned up were at a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes over eight years than participants who didn’t perform muscle-conditioning activities. The more time spent strengthening, the better the chance of preventing type 2. Combining 60 minutes of muscle strengthening per week with 150 minutes of aerobic exercise—such as walking, running, or cycling—had an even greater benefit. If you already have diabetes, know that building and keeping muscle mass helps control blood glucose levels.
Source: PLOS Medicine, January 2014