We all know that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of obesity in conditions such as type II diabetes. We’ve been told that spending a certain number of minutes or hours getting our heart rate up is beneficial and prevents cardiovascular disease. However, there’s always been some debate as to what form of exercises best. A recent study1 of over 4000 adults without diabetes, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, sought to find out if building muscle through strength training reduces the risk of type II diabetes. The answer was a very clear yes, by 32% in fact. People who maintained moderate muscle strength and participated consistently in resistance exercises showed a lower risk of type II diabetes regardless of their cardio fitness. Interestingly, moderate muscle mass was sufficient and increasing muscle mass did not have a significant benefit. The results were adjusted for variables including age, sex, and weight.
Sugary drinks are everywhere, and the number and variety of these drinks have only increased. In fact, the highest source of added sugar consumed by Americans comes in the form of sweetened beverages. We all know that sugary drinks such as juices, sodas, energy drinks, and sugar-sweetened teas and coffees are not great for your health. In fact, most, if not all, are discouraged after bariatric surgery, and for good reason. Due to a number of factors, the overall consumption of sugary beverages has decreased in the United States in recent years, however, this is not the case for adults – those at highest risk for type II diabetes