Narrator: This is Science Today. UCLA researchers have been studying a condition called sarcopenic obesity, in which there is a low level of total body muscle mass combined with a high body mass index, or BMI, which is a measure for obesity. Endocrinologist Preethi Srikanthan explains that their goal was to see if this condition would correlate with higher insulin resistance and diabetes risk.
Srikanthan: We found that there was a positive association, which if you have sarcopenic obesity, you had a closer correlation between higher levels of insulin resistance and higher levels of glucose in general than a person with obesity alone.
Narrator: The next step in their study was to look at populations with a variety of muscle mass, not just those with low levels.
Srikanthan: The study has suggested that as there is a higher level of muscle mass, there appears to be an association with a lower level of insulin resistance and a lower level of pre-diabetes.Narrator: These findings suggest that those looking to reduce their risk for diabetes should start building up muscle mass and not just lose weight. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.