Saturday, April 17, 2010

Run Like A Dog

"When it comes down to sheer capacity for prolonged exercise, there is no other animal, including humans, that comes close to competing.

When Tony's in peak condition, his VO2 max—a measure of his ability to take in and use oxygen in the bloodstream—tops out at more than 200 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute. (Back when Lance Armstrong was racking up multiple Tour de France wins, his famously high VO2 maxed at around 85.)”

They’re researching how sled dogs can work so hard for so long in order to figure out a way to allow people to do what the dogs do. Maybe a drug can be developed to help with cardiovascular disease and diabetes.They’ve already developed a “sports supplement based on quercetin, a plant-based flavonoid that's supposed to increase production of mitochondria.”

That’s great as long as any drug they develop doesn’t make us want to sniff each other’s butts. ‘Cuz that’s a little embarrassing.