Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lifting weights reduces risk of metabolic syndrome!

10-23-12: We cover the importance of strength training in my Total Wellness class, so I was glad to see a study coming out on the protective benefits of weight lifting on metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that when seen together, indicated an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. These risk factors are:

1. Large waist circumference (>40 inches for men; >35 inches for women)
2. High triglyceride levels
3. Low HDL
4. High blood pressure
5. High blood sugar levels

If you have at least 3 of the 5 above risk factors, you have metabolic syndrome.

Read more about how doing strength training exercises helps to protect you against this "pre-diabetes" state!


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