Those who spend hours of their week in the gym or fitness room exercising to increase muscle mass usually do for aesthetic reasons, not because they enjoy sweating and body pain that comes after lifting weights.
However, a study conducted at the University of California provides another motivation for going to the gym: the development of muscle mass may prevent type 2 diabetes.
According to this study, the greater muscle mass, the lower the risk of developing insulin resistance, which often leads to increased levels of glucose in the blood and thus prone to type 2 diabetes. Thus, people with a higher percentage of muscle mass have a lower risk of diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Anyway, is not yet established how much exercise is needed to prevent insulin resistance in people at risk of diabetes. But this data provides at least a grain of sand on the road to prevent widespread disease and associated to cardiovascular disease.
Not only is it important to maintain a proper diet and regular exercise, but also develop at average or above (always under the supervision of a professional) our physical strength and our muscle mass.
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