December 27, 2011

Can Diet Pills offer any benefit for weight loss?

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Tis the time of year when the idea of dieting, gym memberships and New Year’s resolutions take shape to give you back your form in 2012. Before you make up your mind on which plan to endorse – read what a Norwegian study found in the use of diet pills in reducing weight.  

The researchers evaluated  the benefits of sibutramine and orlistat in the efforts to lose weight in obese individuals.

Sibutramine was sold in the US under the brand name Meridia. It works by acting on appetite control centers in the brain to decrease appetite.

After the introduction of Meridia in 1997, concerns began to raise questions as to the safety of this drug. On October 8, 2010, the FDA announced Abbott Laboratories had withdrawn Meridia from the United States market. This was in response to overwhelming data showing Meridia can increase blood pressure and heart rate, which could then lead to significant cardiovascular problems.

Orlistat, brand names Xenical and Alli, (prescription and nonprescription) is used in overweight people who may also have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease. The orlistat pills inhibit excess fat from being absorbed into the body. The means of excusing the excess fat is considerably an undesirable side effect.

In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of serious liver injury in people using orlistat and began a safety review. At this time, no definite association has been established between orlistat and the risk of liver injury. However, if you take Alli be sure to contact your doctor if you experience signs and symptoms, such as weakness or fatigue, fever, jaundice, or brown urine, which could indicate liver injury.

The use of these pills is controversial. Any weight loss program that leads to a sustained improvement in your health involves dietary adjustments and incorporating regular exercise . For this reason you may consider a program that isn’t a diet, but a healthy way to live. Checkout Weight Watchers for a quantifiable, qualitative, interactive, and proven means to get and stay healthy. Count your points and lose some lbs.  in 2012!

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