Women's Health Hot Line


Diabetes and muscle building -- it could help!

Diabetic women might be very aware that aerobic exercise is one of the best things they can do to control blood sugar level and reduce the risk of heart disease.

But if you or someone you know is diabetic, ask your doctor about the benefits of weight training as well. Some studies have shown that building muscle mass can help in the control of diabetes.

However, since diabetics may also be prone to high blood pressure and exercise can cause variations in blood sugar levels, getting your doctor's okay before initiating a new exercise program is an absolute must.