05 Sep

New drug mimics the beneficial effects of exercise

Okay, as someone prohibited from intense exercise due to my heart defect, color me intrigued:

“A drug known as SR9009, which is currently under development at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), increases the level of metabolic activity in skeletal muscles of mice. Treated mice become lean, develop larger muscles and can run much longer distances simply by taking SR9009, which mimics the effects of aerobic exercise. If similar effects can be obtained in people, the reversal of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and perhaps Type-II diabetes might be the very welcome result.”

(Via New drug mimics the beneficial effects of exercise.)