Dr. Nicolas Musi, who became the institute's director last summer, told the San Antonio Express-News the institute's mission is “to promote extension of life, but a healthy life and a happy life.”
“We don't have any fountain of youth or magic pill, so common-sense recommendations (for healthy aging) are absolutely valuable,” he said, adding that the health benefits of exercise include reduced cancer risks to acting as an anti-depressant, though scientists don't fully understand the molecular mechanism responsible for helping the body stay healthy.
If researchers can understand those changes, “perhaps we could develop an intervention that could be a medication that will mimic the effect of exercise,” he said.
So don't throw away those running shoes just yet.
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