Taking a Pill to Skip the Gym? What New Research Shows

Taking a Pill to Skip the Gym? What New Research Shows

If you’re also struggling with craving food too often, you might be tired of picking the brain of nutritionists for donkey’s years to find out how to get rid of it. 

A new study from Stanford Medicine and Baylor University might finally have the long-awaited solution to your problem. In experiments performed on mice, a molecule has proven to reduce obesity and the desire for food, raising hopes that humans might benefit from it as well, according to studyfinds.org.

Taking a pill to skip the gym might be possible in the future

There’s also hope that the new compound might even become a pill that will replace the need for people to go to the gym.

Yong Xu, who is a Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, stated, as studyfinds.org quotes:

Regular exercise has been proven to help weight loss, regulate appetite and improve the metabolic profile, especially for people who are overweight and obese,

If we can understand the mechanism by which exercise triggers these benefits, then we are closer to helping many people improve their health.

Jonathan Long, MD, an assistant pathology professor, and co-corresponding author, explained as EurekAlert.org quotes:

We wanted to understand how exercise works at the molecular level to be able to capture some of its benefits,

For example, older or frail people who cannot exercise enough, may one day benefit from taking a medication that can help slow down osteoporosis, heart disease or other conditions.

What was able to reduce obesity and the desire for food in mice is actually a molecule that can be found in the blood and that’s produced during physical exercise. 

After intense treadmill running of the little rodents, the researchers analyzed their blood plasma compounds.


Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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