It’s called Irisin and serves to strengthen the bones and to lose weight. This hormone is found by a group of Italian scientists who have already filed a patent application. But the researchers point out: “We aim for a drug for those who don`t have the ability to do physical activity, not to help the lazy ones”
To be in a great shape without making any effort is the dream of many, especially among the laziest. It could soon become reality: scientists have discovered a hormone that has the same benefits of the gym. It’s called Irisina: it strengthens the bones and, in higher doses, it also helps to burn more fat and therefore lose weight. It was discovered in 2012, but so far only its function on the bones has been definitely identified by an Italian research paper published in the journal of the Association of Sciences of the USA (PNAS). The results, obtained from the University of Bari in collaboration with the University of Ancona, are so encouraging that a patent application has already be filled.
The hormone is produced in the muscles and the perspective “is to use this hormone in the future as a drug,” said Saverio Cinti, director of the Obesity Center at the University of Ancona, co-author of the research with Maria Wheat, anatomist and histologist at the University of Bari, who coordinated the work. “Additional studies done on animals who are used as a model of osteoporosis are detecting some promising results” said Wheat. “Probably this hormone acts on the skeleton even in very small concentrations, whereas at higher doses also acts on fat.”
Even though the idea of a drug that does all the work and keeps you in shape might be more than welcomed by lazy people, the researchers say that the primary goal of this researcher is a totally opposite one. “We aim to produce a drug,” said Wheat, “for those who don’t have the ability to do physical activity, such as the elderly who cannot move or the paralyzed people, but also for astronauts who lose bone mass due to the lack of gravity in the space. “