Gaining muscle may help reduce diabetes odds

A new study found gaining muscle could be a possible method for reducing the odds of developing diabetes.
July 30, 2011 12:44:31 AM PDT
A new study has found a possible method for reducing the odds of developing diabetes.

The UCLA study suggests that maintaining fitness and building muscle mass may play a powerful role in lowering the risk of getting the disease.

The scientists found that for each 10-percent increase in muscle mass, there was a corresponding 11-percent reduction in insulin resistance and a 12-percent decrease in pre-diabetes.

The American Diabetic Association says 79 million people in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, which means their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet in the diabetic range.


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