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Building Muscle May Decrease Diabetes Risk

 

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/29, Marcus) reports, “More muscle may reduce the odds of developing diabetes,” according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. After analyzing “data from 13,644 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III,” then controlling for confounding factors, researchers found that for “each 10% increase in the skeletal muscle index…there was a corresponding 11% reduction in insulin resistance and a 12% decrease in pre-diabetes.”

“There was also a 12 percent reduction in pre-diabetes, a condition characterized by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, said the researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles,” HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/28, Preidt) reported.

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/28, Mann) reported that “resistance exercise may also have a role in helping people with type 2 diabetes better use the insulin that they do produce,” explained study author Arun S. Karlamangla, PhD, MD.