Pill could soon replace jogging
You can finally stop pretending you enjoy jogging. Scientists are just around the corner from creating a pill to replace exercise, finally meaning you can live like the humans from Wall-E.
New research published in the journal Cell Metabolism has claimed that pills designed to mimic the molecular benefits of exercise could soon become a reality.
The study, carried out by scientists at the University of Sydney analysed human skeletal muscle biopsies from untrained males after ten minutes of exercise. They used a technique called mass spectrometry (a technique that identifies the amount and type of chemicals present) to study protein phosphorylation. They showed that around 1,000 molecular changes take place in our muscles when we exercise.
Now that they've mapped out the changes that take place, effectively creating an "exercise blueprint", they can begin to replicate these changes through the use of drugs.
Or, in layman terms, you'll soon you'll be able to chow down on whatever you like and burn your jogging shoes. Seriously, burn them right now. Make them pay for what they've done to you.
Wait, slow down there...
Ok don't burn your jogging shoes, jogging stick and jogging thermos (what's jogging? We've never been) just yet. Whilst the research is a big step towards creating a pill to replace exercise, it could still be a decade before the drug comes to the general market place.
Ok, we realise you're suspicious. This sounds like one of those stories that make the news, then you never hear from them again. Like those stories about how we'd all be traveling around on hoverboards by 2010, or how pills are about to replace chicken. But this does appear to be a major breakthrough, which could see the end to exercise.
Dr Nolan Hoffman, co-author of the research, said: ‘This is a major breakthrough, as it allows scientists to use this information to design a drug that mimics the true beneficial changes caused by exercise.’
‘While scientists have long suspected that exercise causes a complicated series of changes to human muscle, this is the first time we have been able to map exactly what happens."
In the meantime the scientists are concentrating on the therapeutic benefits of the potential drug.
Professor David James, head of the research group said: ‘Exercise is the most powerful therapy for many human diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders.
‘However, for many people, exercise isn’t a viable treatment option. This means it is essential we find ways of developing drugs that mimic the benefits of exercise.’
It's just around the corner, people, and one day soon you won't have to jog around that corner to see it. You can take a taxi, whilst nomming on a pie.
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