Weight Training Prevents the Metabolic Syndrome

The metabolic syndrome is a collection of medical problems that include high blood pressure, insulin resistance, abdominal fat deposition, abnormal blood fats, type 2 diabetes, blood-clotting abnormalities and inflammation. The incidence of the metabolic syndrome increases with age and is at least partially related to decreases in muscle mass, which makes it more difficult to regulate blood sugar. A review of literature led by Paul Sorace from Hackensack University Medical Center in New York concluded that while aerobics were most important for heart disease prevention, resistance exercise should be included in the well-rounded physical activity program because of its effect on muscle mass and the risk factors of the metabolic syndrome. (ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 18 (6): 24-29, 2014)

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