Thursday, March 1, 2012

Just take the exercise pill

Can we just make drugs which remove the need to exercise?  Perhaps, but I hope not.

"No one can deny that the human body was meant to move, and to move often," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal, "but the reality is that many of us don't move enough, whether because of disease, injury, or simply a busy schedule. This discovery is another important step towards the treatment of muscle wasting in cancer, severe infection or aging – or to maintain our muscle mass to help face the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune."

The abstract is here


Anonymous said...

"simply a busy schedule," meaning 4+ hours of watching sports every day, instead of doing them.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

Inactive muscles don't use glucose so they become insulin resistant when muscle glycogen stores become full.

I suspect that this pill won't make any difference to that.