Veterans with spinal cord injury are at a lifelong risk of increasing obesity and continuing metabolic disorders such as glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemia due to deterioration in body composition. Understanding factors that could prevent these conditions may improve these veterans– longevity and reduce their burdens. Our group has previously investigated the effects of spasticity (increasing muscle tone) on muscle size, fat mass, and carbohydrate and lipid profiles. In this work, we further expand on previous findings to determine how spasticity exerts protective effects in people with spinal cord injury.
Volume 49 Number 3, 2012
Pages 373 — 380
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