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  •  Missing one important potential use of this drug (3+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, antifa, Kingsmeg

    the morbidly obese. I mean the type of obesity where a person is bed ridden and unable to exercise at all. Right now the only way to treat this type of person is with years and years of restricted diet and physical therapy until healthy enough for gastric bypass surgery. Its extremely expensive.

    There is of course potential for abuse by those who don't really need it, but there are those that need something like this.

    To tweet or not to tweet. I tweet therefore I am.

    by RadicalParrot on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 02:32:59 PM PDT

    •  And not just those folks - from the article (5+ / 0-)
      …metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Another area in which SR9009 or a similar drug may confer substantial benefit is to offset the loss of general muscle conditioning which occurs as a side effect of reduced activity caused by illness and/or aging. People most likely to enjoy these benefits include those suffering from severe arthritis, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other conditions that restrict the ability to exercise.
      If it's used at low levels to hold off the muscle wasting that comes with age, it might make the golden years much more golden. And yes, I do know that people over sixty can build muscle with exercise, but there is much less built for effort made and it keeps getting harder and harder.

      Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Wee Mama on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 03:21:20 PM PDT

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