Focusing on muscle building is more effective than losing fat to counter diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Focusing on muscle strengthening rather than fat loss could prove to be a more efficient tactic to combat cardiovascular disease or diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at the medical school of the University of Augusta.

According to the researchers the poor health of the muscles, in particular the skeletal ones, is an equally important factor, as regards the sensitivity of the human body to insulin or obesity, compared to other factors such as an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity or also stress.

A notion of this kind could make, among other things, the measurement of muscle health a more accurate indicator of our health than the detection of fat.

The study made use of the analyzes carried out on the data of 400 pairs of twins aged between 22 and 45 years. In fact, identical twins have helped researchers to understand which are the main factors that can contribute to obesity, in addition to genetics.

Unlike other research, however, in this the muscle becomes the real target, as reported by Ryan A. Harris, a vascular physiologist and one of the authors of the study: “We believe it is an organ that we can really direct towards improving metabolic health and cardiovascular health.”