Is the world ready for a magical drug that not only burns fat but also increases muscle?
Researcher Ronald Evans thinks he’s almost there after a breakthrough a decade ago that came with some deadly side effects. In 2007, Evans was completing a study showing that mice on a certain drug burned more fat and were more athletic – even without much exercise.
Evans warned over and over that the pills were not ready for humans to take, but people didn’t listen to the part about cancerous tumors developing in the mice.
Ten years later, the researcher believes he’s found a drug that can boost metabolism and muscle without disastrous side effects. The first test will be used to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a gene mutation affecting around 1 in 5,000 men.
“A drug that promotes the benefits of fitness could have widespread applications,” [Evans] says with more than a little understatement. Beyond tackling obesity, a pill that replicates the benefits of exercise could help reduce the risk for chronic inflammation, diabetes, even cancer.
On today’s show, Pat and Jeffy were definitely ready for this miracle drug to be on the market.
“I’m in,” Jeffy said.
“Who isn’t?” Pat asked. “This would be the best-selling pill in the history of the world.”