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January 2016   Comments

Exercise pills in the works

Researchers are developing pills that replicate the benefits of exercise without requiring physical activity, says a review in Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. Exercise increases muscle strength and helps prevent conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. With increased knowledge of the molecular pathways activated by exercise, researchers from the University of British Columbia are developing drugs that target the same pathways, hoping to mimic the effects of physical activity in people who won’t or are unable to exercise. However, replicating the wide-ranging benefits of exercise is a challenge, and nothing is known about the effects of long-term use of exercise pills.

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