Why should you care about measuring your Muscle Quality? Muscle Quality (MQ) is the force a muscle produces relative to its size. The Skulpt scanner measures the composition and structure of a particular muscle group, which are key components for producing force.
Besides producing force, there are many other benefits to having a high MQ. For starters, a low MQ means a higher concentration of excess fat (adiposity) in muscles (intramuscular) and throughout the body (visceral and subcutaneous). While eating some of our favorite foods, such as cakes, can be enjoyable, an excess amount can lead to not only a low MQ, but also certain health risks like cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and osteoporosis. Several studies have linked excessive adiposity and low muscle quality with these health risks. So, MQ goes far beyond any vanity score. Knowing your MQ, and focusing to improve the muscles with the lowest MQ, can reduce your risk to these diseases, and help you live a healthier life.
In the American Heart Association’s (AHA) statement on “Accessing Adiposity”, AHA’s statement “independently associates excessive body fat with cerebrovascular disease, coronary heart disease and with increased overall mortality.” 1 Dr. Kathryn A. Britton wrote in her paper titled, Ectopic Fat Depots and Cardiovascular Disease, that fat accumulation in the liver and intramuscular fat, may have systemic effects that contribute to systemic metabolic disease.2 Several studies have also linked young girls with low muscle quality to suboptimal bone development3 and older women with an increase in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.4 As we know, low bone density can result in problems with stability and increases risk to bone fractures.
So how can you reduce your risk to these diseases? By establishing a goal to increase your MQ. With a progressive resistance training program and a balanced nutrition plan, you can increase your muscle mass and decrease your overall body fat. These are the two key methods to increasing your MQ.
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 Cornier, M., Despres, J., Davis, N., Grossniklaus, D., Klein, S., Lamarche, B., … Poirier, P. (2011). Assessing Adiposity: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.Circulation, 1996-2019.
 Britton, K., & Fox, C. (2011). Ectopic Fat Depots and Cardiovascular Disease. Circulation,E837-E841.
 Farr, J., Laddu, D., Blew, R., Lee, V., & Going, S. (2013). Effects of Physical Activity and Muscle Quality on Bone Development in Girls. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2332-2340.
 Terracciano, C., Celi, M., Lecce, D., Baldi, J., Rastelli, E., Lena, E., … Tarantino, U. (2013). Differential features of muscle fiber atrophy in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.Osteoporosis International, 1095-1100.