Scientists are developing a new 'exercise pill'

By Stephanie Nuzzo March 13, 2018
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Before you get too excited/annoyed, it’s probably not what you’re thinking...

In news that will probably leave you thinking, “man, science is crazy” there have been reports that researchers are in the process of developing an exercise pill... meaning, a drug that will have the same impact on your body as regular exercise does. 

The catch, or reason, rather, is that the pill is not being created as an out for people who can’t be bothered to train. No. It’s being developed so that people who are physically unable to exercise (the elderly, the ill and so on) can reap the physical benefits of training. 

Speaking with The Washington Post, Ronald Evans, director of the gene expression laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif. revealed that:

“We are taking this concept and trying to develop a drug that can help us game the system that is naturally activated during exercise.”

The intention is to get the drug to mimic the effects of exercise. Evans refers to it as, “a back door into the exercise genetic network”.

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As The Washington Post shares, the research being conducted considers previous studies that have “identified a gene mechanism that encourages the muscles to burn fat”

Presently, Evans has one particular illness in mind when it comes to this research project, and that is Duchenne muscular dystrophy; a chronic condition that causes muscles to waste away

Evans told the publication:

“This [disease] afflicts kids who can’t exercise and ultimately die of muscle wasting, often at a relatively early age, at 15 or 16.” 

While the exercise pill has a long way to get yet, approval by the Food and Drug Administration sitting pretty high on their to-do list, Evans has high hopes for the change it can generate. 

He said:

“People are designed to move. But if they can’t, it’s not healthy to be sedentary. That’s why we are developing this drug. We are trying to take science out of the laboratory and bring it into the clinic in a way that can change people’s lives. If we can do that, it would be a game-changer.”

Pretty incredible, right? 

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