Thursday, June 16, 2022

Exercise pill?

Regular exercise can be a powerful preventative medicine which reduces the risks of cardiometabolic diseases like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, the benefits of a preventative medicine are only realized when people comply with the intervention. Sadly, when it comes to regular physical exercise, compliance is low. 50% of the Canadian population (ages 18-79) falls below the recommended target of 150 minutes/week of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity. This Nature study on what exercise does at the molecular level in mice could help lead to the development of new therapeutic interventions which made it more feasible for 100% of the human population to reap many of the health benefits of exercise. Kind of like a ”vaccine” against physical inactivity/ high fat diet.