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Weight Lifting Improves Insulin Sensitivity

By Matt McMillen , , ,

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To boost insulin sensitivity, hit the weight room for a quick but challenging workout. Scottish researchers recruited 10 overweight men who did not have diabetes and whose average age was 36. They lifted weights three times a week for six weeks. Each workout included one set of nine different exercises, such as bench presses and bicep curls. Each set lasted until the men could lift no more, and the workouts were 20 minutes or less. By the end of the study, the men had predictably gotten stronger, but they also had increased their insulin sensitivity by an average of 16 percent. Keep in mind: The study was small, so more research needs to be done. But don’t let that stop you from discussing weight-lifting goals with your doctor.
Source: Experimental Physiology, Jan. 29, 2019

 

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