Pump Iron Avoid Diabetes

Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:09am

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.

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