Researchers continue to explore the health benefits of resistance or strength training. One area which has expanded in recent years is the impact of resistance training on early deaths associated with diseases including cancer and heart disease. In comparison, aerobic exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of early death associated with these diseases, but the research on strength training has not been as thoroughly examined. In addition, less research is available on the impact of concurrent aerobic and strength training on these health outcomes. A recent review of the research reports on the ability of strength training to reduce the risk of early death associated with disease.
The European Journal of Preventative Cardiology reported on a review of the available research on the association between strength training and cardiovascular events (Saeidifard et al. 2019). Authors reported on 11 studies of 370,000 participants. Authors reported a 21% lower risk of all cause mortality when resistance training was compared to a no exercise condition. Interestingly, the impact was doubled to a 40% reduction in mortality risk was noted when aerobic and resistance training were combined against the no exercise group. They reported a single study showed a 23% reduction in future cardiovascular events among resistance trained men, but overall more research is needed for the impact of resistance training on non fatal cardiovascular events.