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Recent National Health studies show muscle is for more than just strength and glamour, it may ward off diabetes.
According to USA Today article “Increasing muscle mass may lower type 2 diabetes risk,” the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that with an increase in just 10% of skeletal muscle, the body has an 11% decrease in insulin and a 12% decrease in a diabetes risk. This study shows that the muscle not only burns calories and decreases body fat, it can help your body respond positively to nutrient intake.
The study used data analyzed from a National Nutrition Examination of adults. More than 13,000 adults were surveyed so the results are diverse and in-depth.
Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of diabetes so this research is extremely important to the American population and to you as a healthy Blissful Belle. According to the American Diabetes Associate website, type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when a person’s body does not produce enough insulin or the cells just flat out ignore the insulin. In more simple terms, when a person with type 2 diabetes eats a piece of cake, their body can’t use insulin to bring blood sugar back down to a normal level. High blood sugar levels lead to diabetes.
This recent study emphasizes the fact that these results could either be direct or correlational. This means that it is sometimes hard to tell if there are other habits and factors that contribute to the increased muscle and decreased diabetes link. For the most part, researchers and endocrinologists believe these studies conclude that a higher muscle mass will lead to a lower body fat percentage and therefore a decreased risk for type 2 diabetes.
The main take away point from the recently conducted study is that a lot of fat is detrimental for the body and will lead to type 2 diabetes and a lot of muscle is beneficial for the body and will lessen the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It can only benefit your health to pump some iron the next time you visit the gym. As a Blissful Belle, it important to integrate this information, pay heed to the advice and build some diabetes-fighting muscle!