A new study published in Nutrients found that supplementation with HMB and Vitamin D may support reductions in adipose tissue.
What is IMAT?
Intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT) is a type of fat tissue located within the skeletal muscle between the individual muscle fibers. It is distinct from subcutaneous adipose tissue, which is located just beneath the skin, and visceral adipose tissue, which surrounds the internal organs. IMAT is considered an ectopic fat, meaning it is stored in a location where it does not normally belong.
Why Does Increased IMAT Matter?
Key investigator from the study, John Rathmacher, PhD stated that intermuscular fat can have a negative impact on metabolism.
“As we age, we exercise less or store more fat, and the concentration of intermuscular fat increases,” he said. “Increased IMAT can have a detrimental effect on metabolism, as well as muscle quality and function as we age.”
Rathmacher also commented, “Whether our body weight goes up, goes down, or stays the same, it’s inevitable that our body composition is changing with an increase in fat mass at a rather remarkable rate, and that can be concerning.”
Since muscle mass starts to decline in our thirties, it’s important to note these body changes. We all should start to consider at a younger age proper nutrition, exercise, and supplements that can further enhance quality of life and help with healthy aging.