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Use strength training to help ward off chronic disease

July 1, 2022

This type of exercise may protect you against chronic inflammation, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

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Strength training is well known for creating stronger muscles and bones, and the benefits don’t stop there. A review of studies published online Feb. 28, 2022, by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that strength training is associated with a 10% to 17% lower risk of premature death from all causes, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It’s the latest of many studies to show a connection between strength training and good health.

What’s the link?

Strength training triggers many body reactions that protect us against chronic disease. For example:

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