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Good news for those with elite athletic ability: you may have a lower risk of developing diabetes later in life, according to a new study. The Finnish study comprised of 392 former male elite athletes and 206 age and region-matched controls to determine what effect vigorous physical activity in young adulthood had on the risk of developing type II diabetes at a later stage.
In comparison to the controls, the former elite athletes were found to have a 28% lower risk of developing type II diabetes later in life. Watch the MH Elite Test video to see if you can pass these 7 grueling tests, then read how Samuel Mokoena beat diabetes. Endurance athletes were found to have the lowest risk of developing type II diabetes in later life, with a 61% lower risk compared to the control group. Athletes also had higher current levels of leisure time physical activity (LTPA) than the controls, which is associated with lower risk of developing diabetes.