January 14, 2014

Measuring Metabolic Syndrome Risk

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ratiosThe body mass index has been the gold standard for ascertaining the fitness level of body composition but a new study has shown that we may be measuring the wrong thing. A study in Diabetes & Metabolism Journal investigates and reveals good science indicating a better way to measure the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Fat tissue is related to insulin resistance and muscle plays an instrumental role in establishing insulin sensitivity. This study aimed to establish the roles of muscle mass in development of metabolic syndrome.

Of the people in the study, the  risk of metabolic syndrome was increased for people who had less muscle mass and higher waist circumference.

Without being crude and heartless on the delicate subject of body image, if a person is clearly a little fluffier around the edges, its’ likely they’re at a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

By distinguishing the difference between body mass and muscle mass, we’re able to  identify the risk factors from the rewarding ones. If it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. Don’t be a sitting duck, if you may have metabolic syndrome. Build some muscle and improve your insulin sensitivity.

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