Looking Good Longer
by Betty Guy-
How About Exercise in a Pill?
Some recent studies claim we can have a “work out” by simply taking a pill. Nature Medicine, a monthly medical journal, states that the Scripps Research Institute in Florida has manufactured a substance which when injected into mice results in weight loss and lower cholesterol. Most of us would prefer to take a pill rather than work out – with the bonus of lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Think about one of the benefits of exercise without physical exertion: No need to go to the gym or spa carrying a duffel bag or backpack with a change of clothing, towels, etc. We can step right out to dinner or another social event.
Another exciting aspect of this experiment with treated mice is that they use more oxygen and are more energetic than untreated mice. Humans would love to have extra energy after a long work day….enough to dance the night away!
Dr. Thomas Burris, chairman of the department of pharmacological and physiological science at St. Louis University School of Medicine, states, “There are many people who would prefer to pop a pill rather than jog a few miles.” He adds that the main target of his research is to help those who cannot exercise for health reasons.
Some scientists at Washington University School of Medicine have worked on a similar project that mimics aerobic exercise by using chemicals found in red wine and grape skins. However, according to Dr. John Holloszy, a professor of medicine at Washington University, these concoctions have to be administered in very high doses which have a toxic effect.
Nevertheless, this Exercise in a Pill for less motivated people is fascinating! Dr. Burris will address the possibility of forming a company to manufacture this pill and to conduct human trials within the next year or so. Look for it!