Diabetes Forecast

Burn Belly Fat to Lower Heart Risk

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With age, we tend to lose muscle and gain body fat, particularly in the belly area. That type of fat is linked to a greater risk for heart disease. A 10-week exercise program can make a difference. A group of 70-year-old adults with excess belly fat were given tailored diet and activity recommendations. Half also performed supervised strength-training exercises three times a week, working up from 18- to 36-minute sessions. At the end of the study, the strength-training group lost almost 2 more pounds of fat mass than the group who got recommendations only. And while the control group lost muscle mass, those who strength trained gained it. A physical therapist or exercise physiologist can help devise a safe training plan that takes your diabetes and other health conditions into consideration. But check with your doctor before starting or changing your exercise routine.

Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, published online May 24, 2019



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