Lifting Weights Could Protect Against Metabolic Syndrome

Julia Little  |  November 20, 2012

When it comes to lifting weights, many seniors know the importance of not pushing their limits. However, lifting weights of any size may protect individuals from metabolic syndrome. The syndrome is a number of risk factors that, if all apparent in a person, could put the senior at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found there was a lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome in people who lift weights in comparison to those who do not. In fact, the study's authors noted that the prevalence of the condition in weight lifting individuals was 24.5 percent compared to 37.3 percent in those who did not do the exercise.

"Lifting weights may play a role in reducing the prevalence and risk of metabolic syndrome among U.S. adults," according to the study by Dr. Peter M. Magyari and Dr. James R. Churilla.

It may be a good idea to consult with a physician in order to determine what weight size would work best for you. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., making proactive choices to decrease one's chances of facing this illness are essential for high quality senior living.

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