Interesting article on Muscularity in men (The Econmist)

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    Aug 31, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    http://www.economist.com/sciencetechnology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14302009

    I was reading this article in Starbucks today

    Basically all about muscles and the evolutionary explanation of why guys are more muscular even if it puts them at an evolutionary disadvantage in certain situations

    Apparently the more muscle mass a man gains the more it infringes on his immune system. So being more muscular than necessary actually harms ones health at least in their ability to defend against pathogens.

    I know to a certain extent it provides endocrine and cardiac benefits as you age which in a world where heart disease is a top killer but once you go beyond a certain level of muscle it's got to be negligible

    And then what if you had an autoimmune disease could you be harming yourself by bulking up

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    Aug 31, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
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    Science reporting is almost always very, very bad. While the bit about calories is quite true, I would be interested in seeing the actual numbers about the immune system.
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    Aug 31, 2009 5:15 PM GMT
    MsclDrew said
    And then what if you had an autoimmune disease could you be harming yourself by bulking up



    I think the opposite might result. Autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and IBS are the result of an overactive immune system. Autoimmune diseases are treated by putting the brakes on the immune system. Physicians use corticosteroids (usually prednisone) and multiple different immunosuppressives.
    There is evidence that the female's immune system is stronger and better at fighting infections than a male's immune system (McGill University researchers theorizes that it may be do to estrogen's effect on inflammation). Autoimmune diseases are much more common in women than men. If muscles slow down the immune system, maybe they could reduce autoimmune diseases. This is my opinion and I have no literature to back it up.
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    Aug 31, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said

    Science reporting is almost always very, very bad. While the bit about calories is quite true, I would be interested in seeing the actual numbers about the immune system.


    Point taken but this is one of the few publications I still count as reputable so i'm incline to believe there is at least a connection there icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 31, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    FirstKnight said
    MsclDrew said
    And then what if you had an autoimmune disease could you be harming yourself by bulking up



    I think the opposite might result. Autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and IBS are the result of an overactive immune system. Autoimmune diseases are treated by putting the brakes on the immune system. Physicians use corticosteroids (usually prednisone) and multiple different immunosuppressives.
    There is evidence that the female's immune system is stronger and better at fighting infections than a male's immune system (McGill University researchers theorizes that it may be do to estrogen's effect on inflammation). Autoimmune diseases are much more common in women than men. If muscles slow down the immune system, maybe they could reduce autoimmune diseases. This is my opinion and I have no literature to back it up.


    Haha very good point my mis-quote I was thinking of immune deficient diseases mostly HIV