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Don’t Feel Like Exercise? Scientists Find Compound That May Help You Work out Harder

Goodness Gracious, just about a pill for everything these days…
While this may be a good thing for some, over dependence on pills is not necessarily a good thing in my humble opinion.

From the 12 June ScienceDaily article 

As science rushes to develop safe weight loss drugs, a new research report approaches this problem from an entirely new angle: What if there were a pill that would make you want to exercise harder? It may sound strange, but a new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal suggests that it might be possible. That’s because a team of Swiss researchers found that when a hormone in the brain, erythropoietin (Epo), was elevated in mice, they were more motivated to exercise…

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In addition, the form of erythropoietin used in these experiments did not elevate red blood cell counts. Such a treatment has obvious benefits for a wide range of health problems ranging from Alzheimer’s to obesity, including mental health disorders for which increased physical activity is known to improve symptoms.

“Here we show that Epo increases the motivation to exercise,” said Max Gassmann, D.V.M., a researcher involved in the work from the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse-Faculty and Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. “Most probably, Epo has a general effect on a person’s mood and might be used in patients suffering from depression and related diseases.”….

June 18, 2012 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Medical and Health Research News

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  1. Reblogged this on Knox County Resource Guide.

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