Umm... My question concerned medical advances... :|
Here's what we've got so far:Regarding aging, etc.
Indigo years run slower, but advances in medicine mean that people age much better. These two forces cancel each other out. Putting everything in Earth terms, the Emperor is actually 128 years of age, but he’s as healthy as a 90 year old. My character, Jalen, is 30 Indigo years: that means he’s actually 43 Earth years, but by our standards he’s as healthy as a 30 year old.
(From Nifer’s above post, and CShades's clever calculations)Regarding genetic modification
Advanced medicine and genetics can be used for therapy (healing, regrowing limbs, slowing aging) and reproduction (fertility boosters, and biogenetics to allow same-sex procreation). However, it’s strictly forbidden
to use genetic modification for any other purpose, especially making improvements to one’s body. Going from the background info, House Novari’s previous Duke tried to give himself some genetic enhancements on the sly, and when he was discovered, the entire House was catastrophically gutted as punishment.
The only big exception are GELs, who aren’t seen as people: they’re viewed as laboratory products, and are distinctly marked as being non-human. Genetic modification can be as aggressive as the manufacturer wishes.
(From the info thread, especially GELS and House Novari info) Non-genetic / non-mechanical modifications
There’s currently no information on non-genetic enhancements, such as steroids, hormone treatment, and so on. On a purely speculative note, it’s probably
restricted at some level: the available information suggests that Indigo culture places extremely strict limits on anything that would grant an ‘unnatural’ advantage, namely mechanical engineering and genetic modification. Extrapolating this a little, it’s probably okay to take a muscle building drug to counteract the effects of a wasting disease, but it’s not okay to take the same drug in the pursuit of superhuman strength.
There’s also nothing on ‘convenience’ boosters like you mentioned – something that might dissolve fat, or boost a couch potato to the level of a professional athlete without all the hard work. It’s probably not a huge deal either way: even if one cheats to get the body of an athlete or commando, they’re not going to have the training, muscle memory, or psychological conditioning to match someone who’s done it the hard way. At most, it’d probably just ameliorate the effects of a few bad habits, which isn’t so far removed from conventional medicine.
Again, the last section is pure speculation. Consult your nearest GM for the official answer!