Doctors and senior care providers have been aware for some time that patients who live a sedentary lifestyle are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Senior care providers are often employed to help seniors increase activity levels through age appropriate exercise programs. While increasing activity in any fashion could have health benefits a recent study has shown that the type of exercise performed may make a difference when it comes to reducing diabetes risk.
The study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, shows that increases in muscle mass can have a profound impact on diabetes risk. Researchers reviewed the information of more than 13,000 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to analyze the effect of muscle mass on insulin resistance.
Based on their findings researchers were able to conclude that every 10% increase in the ratio of lean muscle to overall bodyweight resulted in a more than 10% reduced risk for pre diabetes. This means that a focus on building lean muscle through an appropriately designed resistance training program could dramatically reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Many seniors who have other health issues might have difficulty performing some resistance exercises. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t benefit from resistance training though. An experienced senior care service provider can help design an appropriate fitness program to increase mobility and lean muscle. This will allow senior’s to reap the benefits of resistance training without an increased risk of injury.