Weight lifting could reduce chance of getting diabetes

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Weight lifting could reduce chance of getting diabetes

August 6, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM CDT

BOSTON, Mass. -- Men who add weight training to their exercise routine could lower their risk for diabetes.

A new study out of the Harvard School of Public Health looked at the medical records of more than 30,000 men.

Researchers found those who worked out with weights for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week cut their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by a third.

If they also did aerobic exercise for the same amount of time, their risk went down 60 percent.

If you don't have that much time to dedicate to exercise -- don't worry -- experts say you can still benefit from as little as an hour of activity a week.

This study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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