Obesity and Muscle: Measurement methods and comorbidities


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    Obesity, a global health crisis on the rise, threatens to affect 30% of the world's population by 2030.
    It's not just about fitting into jeans—obesity brings on serious health issues like diabetes and high
    blood pressure. The go-to remedy? Weight loss. Lifestyle changes lead the charge here. But there are
    other strategies too. Medications offer hope for keeping the weight off, and bariatric surgery is the
    heavyweight champion for significant and long-lasting weight loss. However, the way we measure
    obesity might be missing the mark. The Body Mass Index (BMI) doesn't tell us the whole story—it
    doesn't separate muscle from fat. Enter body composition analysis, which dives deeper into our bodily
    makeup. Yet, for people with obesity, finding accurate, accessible methods to measure muscle mass
    has been like hunting for a needle in a haystack. Our studies are shedding light on new methods to
    measure muscle mass. Ultrasonography emerges as a promising tool—it's reliable, affordable, and
    can accurately measure fat and muscle mass. Compared to other methods like bioelectrical
    impedance analysis and skinfold thickness measurements, ultrasound comes out on top.
    Understanding the interplay between muscle mass and obesity-related health issues is crucial. Our
    research suggests that as muscle mass decreases, the risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes rises.
    Identifying and addressing low muscle mass (sarcopenic obesity) could be a game-changer for
    improving health outcomes. So, while the battle against obesity continues, arming ourselves with
    better tools and insights can help us fight smarter and win.
    Originele taal-2English
    KwalificatieDoctor of Philosophy
    Toekennende instantie
    • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
    • van Beek, Andre, Supervisor
    • van Roon, Eric, Supervisor
    • van Zutphen, Tim, Co-supervisor
    • Emous, Marloes, Co-supervisor
    Datum van toekenning13-jun.-2024
    Plaats van publicatie[Groningen]
    StatusPublished - 2024


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