Dangers of diet pills

Diet pills have a natural appeal as they offer the potential to help you lose weight. This is especially true if you are somebody who has struggled to lose weight in the past and can be considered obese. However with these advantages, you should also weigh up the possible dangers of diet pills. You should always remember that prescription diet pills are extremely strong drugs and, therefore, there may be many dangerous side effects you will need to take into consideration.

One of the main dangers of diet pills is the fact that they inhibit the absorption of fats and this can indeed produce gastrointestinal side-effects. These may vary from oily spotting, faecal urgency, incontinence, oily evacuations, and even flatus with discharge. Some additional side effects may include rectal pain, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. You may also find that due to the addition of the absorption of fats, your body may become deficient in vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta carotenes. Diet pills have also been known to bring on the symptoms of pruritus, angioedema, urticaria and rashes.

Some diet pills actually work by inhibiting certain natural chemicals into the body such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. This has been known to increase blood pressure in certain patients. This will typically happen to patients who have a history of coronary artery disease, strokes, heart failure or arrhythmias. The other potential dangers of diet pills include headache, abdominal pain, hypertension, palpitations, back pain, constipation, anorexia, nausea, insomnia, dizziness, joint disorder, extreme thirst, anxiety and depression.

It is typically recommended that the majority of prescription diet pills must be used in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet. The best method is to ensure that you consume no more than 30% of calories from fat. However the majority of diet pills are typically used to treat obese people. In actual fact the majority of candidates for the prescription weight loss and diet pills will be those who suffer from metabolic syndrome or, as it is often referred to, syndrome X.

Many of us would go to any lengths to be thin and if the truth be told we often looking for a quick fix, something that is extremely easy, and something that will not require many hours of exercise or completely changing your diet. However it is important realize that nothing is ever that easy. There is no magical pill that you can take on a daily basis that will suddenly allow you to lose lots of weight and indeed keep it off. Unfortunately many manufacturers will use beautiful models and flashy ads to prey on people’s insecurities.

One of the most popular supplements used in weight loss aids and energy boosters is Ephedra. In fact, Ephedra is probably the best selling over-the-counter weight loss and diet supplement. Many manufacturers have spent years claiming that this product does not produce any side-effects and often millions of weight conscious people around the world are taken in by these claims. However a four-year medical study of the supplement Ephedra produced 13,000 reports of health-related issues. These ranged from heart attacks, strokes, seizures and even death. The FDA has now become involved and they have estimated that Ephedra is responsible for nearly 2/3 of all related side-effects from herbal supplements. It is also wise to accept that hundreds, if not thousands, of related incidents go unreported.

There are many more additional dangers of diet pills and in reality should you really wish to lose weight the safest alternative is a healthy diet and regular exercise. Yes it can definitely be considered more labor-intensive however it is the only method that has consistently been proven to aid weight loss. As mentioned, it is human nature to try and achieve things the easy way, but if the truth be told, trying to lose weight will take some effort on your part. Something as simple as becoming active for 20 to 30 minutes a day is a great start. This does not mean that you will need to train for a marathon however a regular walk, swimming or cycling can have a wonderful effect on your weight.

Many people are often overweight simply because of their diet. I would hazard a guess that the majority of the time you will know whether you are eating healthily or not. It is important to remember that many foods that are high in sugars and fats will also completely kill your energy levels. They may taste great at the time, but the overall effect they have on your body and your lifestyle is very dangerous. It is due to people not wishing to put in some effort to lose weight that many of them turn to diet pills. Although not all diet pills may be harmful to your health, the vast majority can produce some very dangerous and disturbing side effects.

Last updated on Dec 22nd, 2010 and filed under Weight Loss. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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