The effectiveness of exercise for managing diabetes has long been recognized. Research, however, has predominantly focused on endurance training while weight lifting has been largely overlooked. The benefits of weight lifting include: improved blood lipid levels; decreased resting blood pressure; improved insulin sensitivity, glucose tolerance, and glycemic control; and improved muscle, bone, and connective tissue strength (Diabetes Educator, July-August, 1993).
Advisory Board:—Medical studies have shown that weight lifting can lead to hommorraghing and potential blindness in people with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. If you have this complication, weight lifting is not recommended.-Nancy Bohannon, MD