Researchers found that maintaining fitness and workout at early-age reduces the risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Experts believe that exercising few days a week not only improves physical health, but is helpful to reduce the risk of diabetes.
The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved more than 1.5 million 18-year-olds recruited in the Swedish military between 1969 and 1997, with no diabetes.
Researchers followed them until 2012. Findings show that 34,008 men, about 2%, were diagnosed with diabetes, while 50% were diagnosed with diabetes after age 46.
According to the study, the risk for diabetes was greater in teens with less physical fitness and had less muscle strength, no matter what their body mass index (BMI) was.
To reduce the risks of diabetes, people are recommended by the American Diabetes Association to exercise 150 minutes a week. Spend 30 minutes at five days each week on aerobic exercises including bicycling, dancing, swimming or hiking.