You May Not Have to Work Out to Lose Weight in the Future

You may not need to work out in the future to lose weight.
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You may not need to work out in the future to lose weight. (Image: CC0 Public Domain)

We have all heard what the best ways to lose weight are. Eat better, eat less, and exercise more. The problem is, a lot of people can’t do these things for a variety of reasons.

Now, researchers at the University of Southern California may have found a way around this advice. They injected mice with a newly discovered hormone called MOTS-c. They then found that the mice gained less weight and were able to regulate their blood sugar better.

The results had the same benefits as if they had been exercising.

Pinchas Cohen, the dean of the USC School of Gerontology and one of the study authors, said in a press release: “This represents a major advance in the identification of new treatments for age-related diseases such as diabetes.”

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. Hormones tell certain systems to turn on or off; they regulate bodily processes like growth, menstrual cycles, puberty, and metabolism. According to the new paper that was published in the journal Cell Metabolism, MOTS-c is from the genetic code found in mitochondria. It is a part of the cell that converts food into energy. The researchers suspect it may play a larger role in signaling and regulating the body.

ORNL'S MOUSE HOUSE CONTAINS THE WORLD'S LARGEST COLLECTION OF MUTANT STRAINS OF MICE. Image:   CC0 Public Domain

ORNL’S MOUSE HOUSE CONTAINS THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF MUTANT STRAINS OF MICE.
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The researchers had put the mice on a high-fat diet and they were also combating a pre-diabetic condition called insulin resistance. They then injected half the mice with the new hormone to test the effects of MOTS-c. What they found was the mice that received the hormone had gained less weight, and their bodies were able to use insulin more effectively.

However, it is important to say that a lot of work still needs to be done in this field. MOTS-c won’t be on the market any time soon. But the researchers are hoping to conduct tests on humans within three years.

So while we wait for the new wonder drug, we will just have keep fit and eat right.

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