Finally, there’s a solution to the dread we face when forcing ourselves to workout every week after we've indulged in one too many sweets. Scientists are working on a pill that essentially tells your body it’s been to the gym. And we couldn’t be more excited about this news.
Alright. So this pill might not be being developed to help us ease the load of our washing basket woes, but what it does apparently do is increase muscle mass, as well help improve markers of heart and kidney health.
Scientists worked to suppress production of a protein called myostatin and, when tested on obese mice, discovered that mice with no myostatin became noticeably more muscular.
According to Science Daily, studies suggest obese people produce more myostatin, making it harder for them to exercise and build muscle.
"Ultimately, the goal of our research would be to create a pill that mimics the effect of exercise and protects against obesity,” explained lead researcher Dr. Joshua Butcher from Augusta University. "A pill that inhibits myostatin could also have applications for muscle-wasting diseases, such as cancer, muscle dystrophy, and AIDS."
"Given that exercise is one of the most effective interventions for obesity, this creates a cycle by which a person becomes trapped in obesity, " Dr. Butcher continued. "While much more research is needed, at this point, myostatin appears to be a very promising pathway for protection against obesity-derived cardiometabolic dysfunction."
While this drug seems promising, we may have to wait to reap its benefits. Until this wonder-drug is proven to work on humans and becomes available on the market, perhaps it's better to be safe than sorry and stick to a few at-home crunches. But hey, at least we have some hope for the future.
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