Muscle mass should be a new vital sign, research shows








ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 18, 2018 — Adults go to the doctor roughly three times a year.1During their visit, vitals are taken such as blood pressure, pulse, and weight, but are these measurements really showing the full picture of a person’s overall health? Extensive research shows health care professionals should be considering something often overlooked — muscle mass. A new review paper published in Annals of Medicine, and supported by Abbott, confirms the critical role muscle mass plays in health with studies demonstrating that people with less muscle had more surgical and post-operative complications, longer hospital stays, lower physical function, poorer quality of life and overall lower survival.2

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Lift your way to strength – and help your body stay young

Weightlifting isn’t just the preserve of musclebound hulks. Now women of all ages are increasingly turning to barbells as a way of staying healthy and warding off the effects of getting older.

Any woman can be strong. I don’t just mean strong in the metaphorical sense -I mean simply being able to exert force against gravity. You may think that strong women are born, not made. You may be thinking of Olympic weightlifters straining to clean and jerk dozens of kilos over their heads, or of bodybuilders in bikinis posing and flexing. Several of the women I interviewed for this article thought that way before they started to lift barbells. “I thought women who lifted were Amazons,” said one. “People who did stuff on TV, who were bulky. And I wasn’t interested.” Another remarked: “I couldn’t see a reason to build up all that bulk.”

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Just two weeks of inactivity could lead to changes that increase risk of developing disease

New research presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Porto, Portugal (17-20 May) shows that just two weeks of inactivity in young healthy people can reduce muscle mass and produce metabolic changes that could lead to an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and potentially premature death. The study was conducted by Kelly Bowden Davies and is led by Dr Dan Cuthbertson, University of Liverpool, UK, and colleagues.

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