What Weight Lifting Can Do For Diabetics

An older couple lifting weights in their home(BlackDoctor.org) — Weight lifting is part of a well-rounded exercise routine for people with type 2 diabetes. It helps build and strengthen muscles and leads to weight loss.

For diabetics, lifting makes muscles burn more calories than fat—even when they’re not exercising.Another reason weight lifting is an essential part of a workout program for helping to manage type 2 diabetes is that it—as with other types of exercise—can help you manage your blood glucose levels and get them closer to your goal range.

According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, you should do strength training 3 times a week in addition to getting aerobic exercise. The combination of strength training and aerobic exercise packs a powerful punch.

Below are some additional benefits of weight lifting: