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Building up quality muscle is not the same as bulking up. Olumia Life transforms the muscles you already have to build the sleek, toned look synonymous with a healthy lifestyle. Your muscles do a lot more than help you look good and lift weights, though. Recent studies have shown that maintaining a healthy amount of muscle helps protect your body from numerous, potentially life-threatening medical issues.

The Muscle and Insulin Resistance Connection

Olumia Life offers numerous articles on the benefits of strength training and how muscles can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, extend your life and more. Here, we’ll focus on how muscles turn insulin resistance into insulin efficiency.

Improving insulin efficiency is a primary focus of the Olumia complete health system. Understanding why means learning more about what insulin efficiency is. Briefly, though, insulin is created by the body to transport energy in the form of glucose. Insulin efficiency is a measurement of how well your body is able to utilize the insulin it creates. The more efficient you are, the better off you’ll be. This applies to everyone, we all benefit from being more efficient. Insulin resistance (when you have a low insulin efficiency) can lead to health problems like:

  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • and more

The Science

There are numerous studies available on the effects of strength training, e.g., building and maintaining healthy muscles, and improved insulin efficiency.

One, conducted in 2011 at UCLA and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, looked at more than 13,000 participants involved in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), which lasted from 1988 to 1994. They then compared the levels of insulin efficiency of the subjects with their respective skeletal muscle indexes (SMI).

*Your skeletal muscle index is not a measurement of how much muscle you have overall. It’s a ratio of your muscle mass compared to your body weight. This means you can have a high SMI without being bulky. Astronauts, for example, would have a healthy SMI. It’s about better muscles, not bigger.

The conclusions of the UCLA study found that for every 10% increase in the skeletal muscle index there was an 11% increase in insulin efficiency. Results also showed that any increase in SMI improved insulin efficiency. And that’s big news, as lead researcher Dr. Srikanthan himself said in the study’s subsequent press release:

“Our findings represent a departure from the usual focus of clinicians, and their patients, on just losing weight to improve metabolic health. Instead, this research suggests a role for maintaining fitness and building muscle.”

The Next Step

Improving your muscle quality is difficult without direction, and finding the time for all the research and planning that entails can be even worse. Olumia Life has created a fitness regimen that uses the right exercises, variety, order, and progression that takes the best benefits of strength training and uses them to improve every other part of your overall health. It’s simple to start and takes advantage of scientific evidence to produce the best results.

Strength training isn’t just for bodybuilders. Everyone needs quality muscles.

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