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Scientists identify molecule that could help drugs replace workouts – The Independent

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged inFindings in mice shed more light on physiological processes involved in exercise and hungerFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profileScientists have identified a molecule in mice that they say reduces food intake and obesity, an advance that may one day provide some of the benefits of exercise in the form of a pill.In the research, scientists, including those from Baylor College of Medicine in the US, conducted comprehensive analyses of blood plasma compounds from mice following intense treadmill running. The study, published in the journal Nature last week, found that a modified amino acid called Lac-Phe was the most significantly induced molecule in mice following the exercise.“Regular exercise has been proven to help weight loss, regulate appetite and improve the metabolic profile, especially for people who are overweight and obese,” Yong Xu, study co-author and professor of pediatrics- nutrition and molecular and cellular biology at Baylor, said in a statement. “If we can understand the mechanism by which exercise triggers these benefits, then we are closer to helping many people improve their health,”…

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