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Could A Pill Replace Exercise? Scientists Discover Protein Mimics Effects Of Working Out

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:58 pm
by jocko6889
"Given the option, would you avoid the gym altogether and simply pop a pill or drink a supplement that brings about the same benefits as a workout? It sounds farfetched, but the idea of lounging around all day yet still enjoying the health benefits of an intense workout may soon be possible. While there are still many details to be worked out, researchers at the University of Michigan say that the naturally occurring protein Sestrin appears to mimic the effects of exercise on both flies and mice in experimental trials.

These findings could have far reaching implications across the fitness, medical, and scientific fields. For instance, Sestrin could conceivably help individuals unable to work out due to old age or health problems maintain their muscles.

“Researchers have previously observed that Sestrin accumulates in muscle following exercise,” explains Myungjin Kim, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, in a release.

Researchers wanted to further investigate Sestrin’s connection to exercise, so they decided to conduct an experiment using flies. They designed, in their own words, a “fly treadmill,” in which a group of flies were trained for three weeks to climb up and out of a test tube. Some of those flies were normal, while others had been specifically bred to lack the ability to make Sestrin.

“Flies can usually run around four to six hours at this point and the normal flies’ abilities improved over that period,” says professor Jun Hee Lee, Ph.D. “The flies without Sestrin did not improve with exercise.”

For more, click the link below:

https://www.studyfinds.org/sestrin-coul ... rking-out/

Re: Could A Pill Replace Exercise? Scientists Discover Protein Mimics Effects Of Working Out

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:46 pm
by rhett
It will be interesting if a single molecule can replicate all
the effects of exercise. We’re learning now that the beneficial effects are quite multifaceted, definitely beyond muscle strength

Re: Could A Pill Replace Exercise? Scientists Discover Protein Mimics Effects Of Working Out

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:11 am
by Drdavid
Interesting concept but exercise does much more than increase muscle mass. There are several psychological benefits of exercise as well. Although staying on the couch and having a 3% body fat would be cool

Re: Could A Pill Replace Exercise? Scientists Discover Protein Mimics Effects Of Working Out

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:49 pm
by Newage
Drdavid wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:11 am
Interesting concept but exercise does much more than increase muscle mass. There are several psychological benefits of exercise as well. Although staying on the couch and having a 3% body fat would be cool
It would be great to use every 2nd or 3rd day as part of recovery if it had a passive effect on the body and if it could also mimic the “feel good” endorphin release that comes with training effort..