by The Welthi Bureau | 26 JULY 2018
Hyderabad, 26th July 2018: Muscle health is often ignored since it is misunderstood as an area which is of relevance only to a sportsperson or a gym goer. Not many Indians know about its overall impact on health and wellness. Good muscle health is not only key for an active lifestyle, but also for carrying out daily physical activities to maintain a healthy life.
According to a recent nationwide study by InBody – a global leader in body composition analysis in association with IPSOS, leading global market and opinion research firm, an alarmingly large proportion of Indians suffer from poor muscle health. The study was conducted across 8 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Patna and Hyderabad. Covering 1,243 people, the respondents were a mix of working and non-working individuals aged 30-55 years.
As per the study, 71% Indians suffer from poor muscle health and need to gain muscle mass. Poor muscle mass could lead to impaired muscle function, fatigue and poor metabolic health.
Statistics indicate that Lucknow has the highest percentage of residents with poor muscle mass, with 82% of total males and 80% of total females. On the other hand, Delhi has a relatively lower percentage of people with poor muscle mass, with 64% of both total males and total females.
From the 8 surveyed cities, the data revealed that more than 70% of males and females in the age group of 30-55 years need to gain more muscle mass.
Body protein levels revealed a similar trend.
Nutrition and exercise have been shown to play a major role in improving muscle health. Adequate intake of dietary proteins is vital to maintaining muscle mass as it ensures the provision of essential amino acids and stimulates protein synthesis. Dietary protein and specific amino-acid ingestion largely increases muscle protein synthesis rates and inhibits protein breakdown, thus favouring net muscle protein deposition.
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