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Jul282011

Having More Muscle Mass Reduces Your Diabetes Risk: Study

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Reducing one's body mass is known to improve insulin sensitivity, a major factor contributing to the development of diabetes.  But muscle mass also plays a role.

The lower it is, the greater the risk for insulin resistance, which begs the question: Could increasing muscle mass help with insulin sensitivity?

According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Thursday, the answer is yes.

Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA found that among over 13,500 individuals, increased levels of muscle mass were associated with better insulin sensitivity and a lower risk of pre-diabetes or overt diabetes.

The authors of the study conclude that their "research shows that beyond monitoring changes in waist circumference or BMI, we should also be monitoring muscle mass."

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