Exercise in a bottle? Don’t get ahead of yourself; this new scientific breakthrough is not an excuse to act like a couch potato while looking like a gym rat. Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre recently published a study with research exposing a thousand molecular changes that occur in our muscles when we exercise. This research proves to be the first of its kind, and has the potential to help treat many diseases in the future.
“Exercise is the most powerful therapy for many human diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders,” says Professor David James, the Leonard P. Ullmann chair of metabolic systems at the Charles Perkins Centre and the head of the research group.
Working out is not a feasible option for many people suffering from diseases. Therefore, having a supplement that could copy some of the benefits of exercise could provide help for these people. The study, which combined researchers at the University of Sydney and The University of Copenhagen, researched the skeletal muscles of healthy males after high intensity exercise.
The co-author of the study, Dr. Nolan Hoffman, explains the findings: “Exercise produces an extremely complex, cascading set of responses within the human muscle. It plays an essential role in controlling energy metabolism and insulin sensitivity.”
While the body seems to accomplish a workout with ease, internally, the molecules play a huge role in the overall effect of a tough workout. “Most traditional drugs target individual molecules. With this exercise blueprint, we have proven that any drug that mimics exercise will need to target multiple molecules and possibly even pathways, which are a combination of molecules working together. We believe this is the key to unlocking the riddle of drug treatments to mimic exercise,” James explains.
This scientific breakthrough, therefore, will not allow you to sit on your coach and binge eat, but it does show how incredible the internal functions of the human body are during a workout. More importantly it is the first real indication of the blueprint of the body’s molecular functions during an intense workout.
Research compiled by the two universities provides strong building blocks to creating future drugs that can mimic some of what the body does to promote a healthy metabolism — a key in fighting off many life-threatening diseases.