New Discovery Could Lead to 'Exercise In a Pill'
Physical activity plays an important role in good health. But what about the elderly or people with limited mobility—could there be a way to help them reap the health benefits of exercise? A new compound discovered by researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California may provide the answer.
In animal studies, this compound was found to successfully activate a gene—called PPAR delta—that is normally stimulated by exercise. By activating this gene, researchers were able to emulate some effects of exercise, including improved endurance and fat burning.
This new study, which is a follow up to earlier research, provides additional information—including how the PPAR delta pathway helps preserve energy for brain function during intense physical exercise—perhaps explaining why athletes “hit the wall.” More studies are needed to determine if activating this gene in humans is safe and effective.
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