We may equate diabetes with obesity, but in an age when sitting slumped at a keyboard is the norm and our food supply is drenched in added sugar, even average-weight men who think they’re active can be in trouble. “I had a guy come in the other day — normal weight, a jogger — and he said, ‘I don’t get it, I’m prediabetic?’ ” says Dr. Tim Church, a metabolism researcher at the Pennington Bio-Medical Institute and chief medical officer at ACAP Health. “I get it. He eats a ton of sugar, and he doesn’t lift weights.” Um, weights? What does that have to do with it? As it turns out, strength training is essential for a healthy metabolism, and it’s the crucial piece that many of us may be missing.
Read the full article in the Men’s Journal here.