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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
The weight-loss industry is a multi-billion dollar enterprise and the drug companies have jumped on the bandwagon in order to develop the perfect diet drug with will help you lose weight by simply taking a pill. What could be simpler, faster and require the least amount of effort, change in lifestyle or involve any modicum of discipline? Although, I do consider obesity a disease entity, the idea of giving someone a pill to lose weight has never sat well with me. Here is a list of some of the more popular drugs used for obesity management and their pros and cons.
Here are just a few.
This drug is actually a stimulant in the same class as amphetamines and acts within the brain as an appetite suppressant. The drug is supposed to be used with diet and exercise for the management of obesity but weather you change your lifestyle or not, this drug works independently of this issue. The drug is not safe to take if you have heart disease, diabetes, overactive thyroid, hypertension or are breastfeeding. The common side-effects include, insomnia, restlessness, headache, tremor, digestive issues and sexual issues. It is recommended that you do not drive or consume alcohol while taking this drug. My suggestion is quite simple regarding the use of this drug, steer-clear!
This drug is designed to block the absorption of fat particles you ingest from your food. In the process of blocking fat you will not absorb the fat and associated calories, thus allowing you to lose weight. Orlistat does block fat absorption, but also the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, A, E, K and D. It can also cause diarrhea, gas and abdominal distension. The reason why most people become obese is they eat too much of the wrong foods and don’t exercise. Although fatty foods are included in this list, research has shown they people gain excessive amounts of body weight from eating too many high-glycemic carbohydrates. Taking a drug which blocks the absorption of fat seems quite a futile effort indeed given the plethora of evidence indicating why people become obese. My recommendation is to steer-clear.
This drug binds to certain chemical receptors in the brain which regulate appetite. This drug is an appetite suppressant and is designed to be used with a diet and exercise program. However, this drug will exert it’s affects upon the brain regardless of any changes to lifestyle dynamics. This drug is not recommended for those who have heart disease, diabetes, kidney, liver disease or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The list of potential side-effects is quite long but include; headache, nausea, psychotic behaviors and flu-like symptoms. There is also an equally long list of drugs which react poorly to Lorcaserin, so consult your pharmacist to learn more. My recommendation is to steer-clear.
This is another drug in the class of anorexiants which are appetite suppressants. This drug can be potentially dangerous as it can lead to dependence issues as it is a very powerful stimulant. This drug is not safe to ingest if you have high blood pressure, mood disorders, heart disease or atherosclerosis. This drug is only recommended for short-term use and is not safe for children! Common side-effects can include, insomnia, agitation, restlessness, digestive issues, dizziness and “exaggerated sense of well-being.” My recommendation is to steer-clear.
In my opinion, there are currently no safe or effective drugs to manage weight issues. The drugs which are available either do not deal with the issues as to why people become obese or they affect certain parts of the brain that regulate feeding behavior. Most of these drugs cannot be safely taken by most overweight people because of co-morbidity issues, side-effects and drug interactions. Please remember that obesity is not caused from a chemical deficiency which can be corrected by a drug!
My advice is to steer clear!!
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project