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Letters Thighs and heart disease

Exercise, muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 21 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4249
  1. George P Nassis, research associate1,
  2. Labros S Sidossis, professor2
  1. 1Department of Sport Medicine and Biology of Physical Activity, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  2. 2Laboratory of Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University, Athens
  1. gnassis{at}

    Heitmann and Frederiksen found that a small thigh circumference was associated with an increased risk of heart disease or premature death, suggesting that this adverse effect might be related to low muscle mass.1 Exercise induced increase in …

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