In the News: New Exercise Pill Won’t Replace Gym Time, Social Interaction Critical for Overall Health, Diet May Be Linked to Depression

New exercise pill won’t replace gym time. A drug known as GW501516 has been getting a lot of attention lately, with articles stating that this exercise pill might eliminate the need for the gym. However, this drug was never intended to be a substitute for healthy lifestyle choices, but rather to supplement exercise instead. Often referred to as “Endurobol”, many marketing companies may still try to convince consumers that this magic pill can help them achieve all their weight loss and fitness goals but it is simply not the case. Researchers are currently looking at the effect of this drug on animals before they move on to testing on humans, though that won’t be happening for some time. Want to start a exercise routine? Get all your fitness info here. (ABC)

Social interaction critical for overall health. While we all know that socializing and maintaining friendships is an important part of the human experience, it turns out scientific studies have spent decades proving this very same truth. Social interaction is not just linked to improved mental health, but is linked to longevity too. In a study of 7,000 participants which began in 1965, researchers found that those who were disconnected from society were three times more likely to pass away than the participants with strong connections. As it turns out, the key to living a long and healthy life may have more to it than simply exercising and eating your fruits and vegetables.  (NYT)

Diet may be linked to depression. Recent findings suggest that roughly 300 million people around the world are suffering from depression. While factors like finances, relationships, and work can lead to depression, experts are now taking a closer look at the influence of diet as well. Researchers at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia conducted a 12-week study where they observed 67 individuals with varying degrees of depression. One group was given social support and one group was given dietary guidance, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean diet. The findings were remarkable: 30% of the patients given diet guidelines saw improvement in their symptoms, as opposed to only 8% of the group that only received social support. Want to learn how to eat the Mediterranean way? Check out this shopping list (FOX)