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Date:2/5/2008

hers in the same journal found that bulking up muscle mass can lead to a general metabolic improvement in obese individuals. "Interventions designed to increase skeletal muscle mass in at-risk human populations may prove to be critical weapons in the fight against obesity and obesity-related comorbidities, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and cancer," an accompanying editorial stated.

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For more on obesity, visit the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.



SOURCES: Sebastien G. Bouret, Ph.D., assistant professor, neuroscience, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Philip Smith, Ph.D., co-director, Office of Obesity Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, Md.; Barbara Kahn, M.D., chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and George R. Minot Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, both in Boston; February 2008, Cell Metabolism


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