Muscling Up to Prevent Diabetes Type II

Interesting study appears to be showing that muscle beats Diabetes Type II!

We all know American’s have a problem with obesity.  ( I know it!)  But new evidence is suggesting that you might not have to drop the pounds in order to be fit, at least where Diabetes is concerned.  Just gaining muscle seems to decrease the chances that someone will develop the illness.

Here is some information from USA Today

For the study, published online Thursday and in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers analyzed data from 13,644 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (NHANES III) to determine whether there was a correlation between higher levels of muscle mass and lower levels of insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

After controlling for age, race and other factors, the scientists found that for each 10% increase in the skeletal muscle index — the ratio of muscle mass to total body weight — there was a corresponding 11% reduction in insulin resistance and a 12% decrease in pre-diabetes.


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