People battling diabetes can take a cue from fighters everywhere: muscle strength helps make winners.
New research finds that low muscle mass — common in elderly and many people at greatest risk of type 2 diabetes — is associated with the insulin resistance that causes the disease.
People with incipient or frank symptoms have long been told to eat well and exercise, but the new finding help make the latter prescription more specific. While walking and cardiovascular workouts are still important, building strong muscles is a critical component to reversing the disease.
Muscle mass is empowering!