Never too late to ward off insulin resistance and diabetes!
Type 2 diabetes can develop as people age into their later years for many reasons, but one contributor can be gradual loss of muscle. This happens with age but there is lots that can be done to minimise its effects. This study from Brazil showed that training with weights to increase muscle strength in the older adults tested reduced the effects of metabolic syndrome (one aspect of which is insulin resistance and potentially type 2 diabetes). The participants had been taking a medication (a type called a biguanide) to help avoid the impact of metabolic syndrome and those who had done the training were able to reduce the amount of medication taken - a good sign the increased strength they had experienced was doing more than making them feel stronger and healthier.