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Pumping Iron May Lower Diabetes Risk

Friday, 29 Jul 2011 08:55 AM

The more muscle mass you have, the less likely you are to develop Type-2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

The research, published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, examined the impact muscle mass has on insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes, reports WebMD.com.

The study involved 13,644 adults with a body mass index of at least 16.5. Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. (To calculate your BMI, Go Here.)

Researchers found that for every 10 percent rise in the ratio of muscle mass to total body weight (skeletal muscle index), there was an 11 percent reduction in insulin resistance and a 12 percent decrease in prediabetes among study participants.

"It's not just weight that matters, but what proportion of your weight is muscle mass," study researcher Dr. Arun S. Karlamangla, an associate professor of medicine in the division of geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles, tells WebMD.com.

To read the complete WebMD story, Go Here.

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