Muscle is Your Body’s Best Doctor

Muscle is Your Body’s Best Doctor

 

Research leaves no doubt and the scientific proof is so overwhelming, it’s shocking that building muscle is not prescribed as THE frontline defense against disease.

 

Unfortunately, taking control of your health and fitness is significantly underpublicized in our hectic, media-frenzied world. In short, fatty muscles are killing you.

 

After you reach the age of about 16 to 20, your body naturally stops growing new muscle. That’s when the power of youth stops working in your favor.

 

Every second of every day, most of our 100 trillion cells in our body are busy creating new cells to replace old ones that are damaged or dying.

If you don’t do something to keep your muscles activated and strong, fat begins to invade the sedentary muscles, boring itself deeper and deeper into your muscle tissue — marbleizing the muscle much like a fatty cut of steak.

The wasting of muscle tissue damages the metabolic processes that take place and weakens your body’s natural immunity in direct correlation to the amount of muscle you lose. Over many years, the ravishing effects on the body threatens the health and independence of millions of Americans.

 

If that were not enough, things can get even worse for the female population. The average woman loses 0.5 pounds of muscle each year and gains 1.5 pounds of fat. By the time she turns 50, nearly half of her body weight is fat.

 

Hope and Help

 

Many world-renowned, peer-reviewed medical journals and scientists have established that an improper fat-to-muscle ratio — too much fat in your muscles or intramuscular fat — leaves us vulnerable to a host of nightmarish health problems.

 

According to a new report from the National Center for Biotechnology, lack of strength and muscle tone causes sarcopenia — a wasting of muscle tissue — leading to weakness, disability, increased hospitalization, immobility and loss of independence.

 

Worse, not having enough muscle tone on your body is now recognized as a top reason people die from cardiovascular diseases.

 

It’s also now well known that stroke risk skyrockets, high blood pressure leaps and Type 2 diabetes risk blasts off.

 

At the top of the latest findings, however, is the new discovery of how a lack of muscle tone could be the real reasons behind Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of cognitive decline.

 

As proof, the good people of the Prospective Urban-Rural Epidemiology did a study following 139,631 adults between the ages of 35 and 70 years living in 17 countries. They found that the weaker a person was, the more likely they were to die prematurely from all causes of illness, including cardiovascular, non-cardiovascular and stroke.

 

The lack of muscle strength is associated with both cognitive impairments and the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and even Parkinson’s disease.

 

Jeff Tomaszewski owns Max Strength Fitness with locations in Willoughby (440-226-8080) and Westlake (440-835-9090).

 

About the author

Jeff Tomaszewski is owner of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake. He is a certified athletic trainer and a strength and conditioning specialist. Visit maxstrengthfitness.com or call 440-835-9090.

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