Pump Iron Avoid Diabetes
Study finds weight training can cut down your risk.
A new study finds that building muscle can help lower the risk of developing the disease and help stabilize blood sugar levels.
A year ago Ravi Nori was told that he was pre-diabetic.
"I was scared out of my mind. It was terrifying," he says. "My father, he went from pre-diabetes to full-blown diabetes. Now he's injecting himself with insulin."
Rather than give in to that diagnosis, Ravi fought back.
He changed his lifestyle and started pumping iron several times a week.
Studies show he probably did the right thing.
When Type 2 Diabetics eat, their bodies don't process sugar well.
It stays in their blood because their cells resist their own insulin, but muscle can help do the job.
"Muscle has a very unique ability to take up glucose without insulin," explains Dr. Preethi Srikathan.
UCLA researchers found a link between those who had higher muscle mass to lower rates of diabetes.
It made a difference for Ravi.
When he went back to the doctor he found out that he was no longer pre-diabetic.
"You look at the blood results and it's like, "Wow, I was doing something right'" he says.