by Anna Matlby
Bill DiodatoIf you're young and fit, type 2 diabetes may not be on your radar -- but it might be in the future. The disease has seen an epidemic-proportion increase in prevalence in the U.S. over the last few decades, and it's currently the seventh leading cause of death. Scary, right?
Well, here's some awesome news on how you can beat it: Muscle-strengthening exercise may significantly reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers in PLoS Medicine report this week that middle-aged and older women who completed more than 150 minutes per week of muscle-strengthening activity (that's about 2.5 yoga classes' worth!) had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than did women who did zero muscle-strengthening work. That's pretty cool, because while we already knew that aerobic exercise helps reduce T2D risk, we weren't sure if anaerobic exercise had a link to the disease.
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