A new study announced Tuesday supports hitting your gym's weight room, finding that people who pump iron are less likely to have risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes.
Weight-lifting has been found to cut risks for heart disease and diabetes. ©wavebreakmedia ltd/shutterstock.com
Researchers from Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida analyzed data from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an ongoing study of health risks in the US. The team found that from a pool of 5,618 subjects, 8.8 percent answered yes to questions about lifting weights, with men twice as likely to lift weights as women. Also younger people lifted weights more than people aged 50 years or older.
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