Getting fit – including long, tough workout sessions at the gym a few times a week – is tough. What if your body could produce a hormone that did all the work for you, while you relax on the couch?
Scientists at the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology recently discovered a hormone, named MOTS-c, that targets muscle tissue and works to restore insulin sensitivity. Its power could potentially undo the effects of insulin resistance deriving from diet and age. The hormone’s power to stabilize and regulate metabolism could do wonders for people having difficulty getting and staying fit. But don’t cancel your gym membership just yet – MOTS-c has only been studied in mice. Its effects on humans are yet to be clearly seen.
Human studies are scheduled to begin in three years, so stay tuned for conclusive evidence of its benefits to gym rats.