HEALTH

TONICS

A COUCH POTATO PILL: EXERCISE WITHOUT SWEAT

August 25 2008
HEALTH

TONICS

A COUCH POTATO PILL: EXERCISE WITHOUT SWEAT

August 25 2008

TONICS

HEALTH

A COUCH POTATO PILL: EXERCISE WITHOUT SWEAT

A new drug may help the body’s muscles believe they’ve been exercised, giving users the benefit of exercise even when they’ve in fact done nothing. AICAR targets a protein produced when cells need more energy during exercise. After dosing with AICAR, mice were found to be able to run 1.5 times longer than untreated mice. Apart from giving couch potatoes a free ride, the drug could also help with muscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy.