Higher Muscle Mass Lowers Mortality in Heart Disease

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, patients with heart disease  who have a higher muscle mass and lower fat mass have a lower mortality risk.

This research was done at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. They found that regardless of a person’s measurement of  fat mass, a higher level of muscle mass helps reduce the risk of death.

Data was collected from over 6,000 study  participants.  They were categorized  in one of four groups:

  • low muscle/low fat mass
  • low muscle/high fat mass
  • high muscle/low fat mass
  • high muscle/high fat mass

Those with high muscle mass and low fat mass had the lowest risk of cardiovascular and total mortality. This research highlights the importance of maintaining muscle mass, rather than focusing only on  weight loss, in order to prolong life. The authors of the study suggest that doctors advise patients to participate in resistance exercises to build muscle mass.

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