(NBC) – Pumping iron could lower your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, this according to a recent study by Iowa State University.
Researchers at the school studied over 4,500 adults and all completed chest and leg presses to measure muscle strength.
Those who had moderate muscle strength had a 32 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
But there is no need to overdo it.
Higher levels of strength did not provide any additional protection.
However, researchers say it is hard to recommend ideal levels because there is no fixed way for measuring muscle strength.
Researchers say there is no need to join a gym. You can do resistance training exercises at home, such as planks or lunges.
Then as you build strength, experts suggest adding free weights.