Scientists announced today that they successfully tested the drugs Aicar and GW1516 on mice that increases stamina and fitness without the need for exercise.
Aicar increased test mice’s endurance on a treadmill by 44 percent over a course of four weeks of treatment but no exercise. This means that the mice didn’t have to "practice" to increase their endurance and stamina, i.e. exercise, they improved by taking this medication alone.
GW1516 also showed results of increased stamina, but test mice needed some exercise for the drug to work.
Aicar and GW1516 could be helpful treating patients with diabetes or obesity. Exercise is a guaranteed method of curbing these diseases but is too demanding or inconvenient for some people to do. With this drug, they could have the health benefits of exercise without the physical exertion.
Skeptics have already warned of the drug’s use in sporting events as a performance-enhancing drugs. In response, the company that makes the drugs has already created a test to see if an athlete is taking it.
Aicar and GW1516 are still in the preliminary stages of testing. Scientists don’t know when or if the drugs will be available to the public.
Source: New York Times