Bodybuilding to prevent diabetes?
If you want to prevent the outbreak of type II diabetes, there is more you can do than just to eat better and lose weight. A new report, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, reveals that the build-up of muscle mass also plays an important role in the prevention of diabetes since many muscles and their condition have a direct impact on insulin resistance.
Stop diabetes with muscle training
In the stage of prediabetes, the development of diabetes could be prevented with certain measures (weight reduction, diet change and exercise).
While up to now mainly certain dietary guidelines were followed, decreased and now and then a walk undertaken, scientists now found that also muscle training can have a surprisingly large influence on the blood glucose level or the insulin resistance of the cells.
Each per cent muscle mass counts
Dr. Preethi Srikanthan and her colleagues at the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles from the David Geffen School of Medicine evaluated the data from 13,644 adults who were included in the database of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III study (NHANES III ).
They found a reduction of 11% of the insulin resistance as well as a reduction of 12% of prediabetic conditions were observed for each additional percent in the “skeletal muscle index” (muscle proportion of the total body mass in percent).
All-round anti-diabetes program
This means that not only fat reduction, not only weight reduction, not only the dietary change and not only lasting training (cycling, jogging, training on stepper, treadmill, etc.) are important in diabetes prevention, but also that a targeted muscle training should be added into the Diabetes Prevention program.
So you should include exercises on the weight bench, the rowing machine, the leg press or similar devices. Ultimately, you will be more fascinated by your new attractive reflection than by the fact that your diabetes or prediabetes has disappeared.
- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III –Studie (NHANES III) http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/nhanes3/data_files.htm