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    Question I know I am going to get trolled for, but I promise I'm not trying to be a smart ass. The question is why prioritize strength over hypertrophy? The context is I am 41M, office worker with body fat about 18-19 % (per bathroom scale and triple checked with body fat calipers). Each year that I get my fasting blood sugar checked for health insurance it runs a little high (100-105ish), but has crept up year after year. So I started checking my own blood sugar and it does run high in the morning (but runs about 85-90 during the day even after meals). My diet is pretty clean. My mother, uncle and grandfather are/were all diabetic or pre-diabetic.

    From my understanding (i.e., lay-person), bigger muscles hold more glycogen (as opposed to stronger but smaller, I guess?), so in theory bigger muscles would keep my blood sugar lower? I did the NLP and am stronger than I have ever been, and have a couple of strength goals. But really, I just want to my middle and late years as healthy as possible.

    Thanks for your input.

    P.S. It's a damn shame I didn't learn how to train properly 20 year ago!

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    The current evidence on sarcopenia suggests that strength is a better predictor of adverse outcomes (including mortality) compared to skeletal muscle mass.

    With that said, increasing skeletal muscle mass is certainly a worthy goal and can provide metabolic / health benefits as well, and there may be certain individual situations where shifting focus more towards hypertrophy vs. strength may be appropriate.
    IG / YT


    • Lift_Bike_Repeat
      Lift_Bike_Repeat commented
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      Thanks for the reply! Will keep on with the strength focus!