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Beyond Movement: What You Need To Know About Muscles & Myokines

Posted on February 3, 2023 by Iliana Stoilova

Muscles have always been considered as the body’s primary movers, but recent studies have shown that they play a more crucial role in overall health. A team of researchers, headed by Bente Klarlund Pedersen, made a groundbreaking discovery that muscles produce hormone-like molecules, known as “myokines,” when they contract. This revelation has expanded our understanding of the benefits of exercise on the entire body. Let’s dive into this fascinating discovery!

Myokines are specialized proteins that are generated and secreted by contracting muscles and have a positive impact on various systems in the body. Some of the effects of myokines include:

  • Decreasing dangerous visceral fat and converting white fat into brown fat, which has anti-inflammatory effects
  • Improving bone mineral density and countering osteoporosis
  • Boosting resting energy expenditure and promoting alertness
  • Stimulating the formation of new blood vessels, which is crucial for overall health and disease prevention
  • Reducing chronic systemic inflammation
  • Improving the functioning of the pancreas, liver, and gut
  • Enhancing learning and memory
  • Improving insulin sensitivity and lowering the risk of diabetes
  • Recruiting and activating immune cells to fight off infections and diseases
  • Reducing the risk of certain cancers, such as colon, prostate, and breast cancer

The importance of resistance training to maintain overall health and prevent various diseases is widely known, but the discovery of myokines sheds light on the mechanisms behind these benefits. Physical activity, including aerobic and strength training, has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and certain cancers, as well as control weight, improve bone density, and boost energy levels. The production of myokines through exercise plays a crucial role in regulating the body’s various systems and maintaining overall health, highlighting the significance of exercise in our daily lives.

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