71% Chennaiites suffer from poor muscle health

By Naomi N Published on Jul 26, 2018 01:46 PM IST

Chennai: Muscle development, which is regularly focused by sportspersons and gym-goers, is often ignored by many. And a recent survey has claimed that people in Chennai suffer from poor muscle health.

The study claims that 71 per cent have poor muscle mass and more than 65 per cent have lower body protein content than the required levels.

The study was conducted across eight cities- Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Patna and Hyderabad.

The survey covered 1,243 people, and the respondents were a mix of working and non-working individuals between the age of 30-55 years.

The nationwide study by InBody in association with IPSOS concluded that seven out of 10 people in India have poor muscle health.

“Poor muscle mass could lead to impaired muscle function, fatigue and poor metabolic health,”it said.

Speaking to ‘News Today’, orthopedic surgeon, Dr Ismail said, “Muscle mass must be developed from childhood with proper food intake and exercise. The diet must include proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates. If the bone has to be strengthened, the muscle must be improved. The reason for a poor protein intake is due to replacing meals with junk food.”

Statistics indicate that Lucknow has the highest percentage of males and females having poor muscle mass, with 82 per cent of males and 80 per cent of females.

On the other hand, Delhi has a lower percentage of people with poor muscle mass, with 64 per cent of both males and females.

The quantity of protein and the Essential Amino Acids are the most important stimuli for protein synthesis. Along with adequate protein intake, exercise also plays important role in stimulating muscle protein synthesis and good muscle health.


Percentage of people with poor muscle mass in Chennai

Male – 72%

Female -70%


Percentage of people with lower body protein content than the required levels in the city

Male – 68%

Female - 65%