Common Weight Loss Drug Dangerous: Study

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Obesity is a huge problem in America, where it’s estimated that approximately 60 percent of the U.S. population is overweight. This has created huge business opportunities for pharmaceutical companies, which make billions selling weight loss drugs to desperate consumers. Unfortunately, a new study suggests that one of these drugs may cause serous organ damage.

Severe Toxicity

Research out of the University of Rhode Island indicates that the popular weight loss drug orlistat may have the potential to cause kidney and liver damage. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study looked at several cases of toxicity related to use of the drug and found that an overwhelming connection existed.

Sold under the brand names Alli and Xenical, orlistat was shown to interfere with important natural enzymes that detoxify internal organs. It was also shown to inhibit the effectiveness of other pharmaceuticals, including anti-cancer medications.

A Smarter Way to Lose Weight

Approved for over-the-counter sale in 2007, orlistat isn’t the first weight loss drug to come under fire in recent years. Unfortunately, as dieters continue to search for quick ways to shed unwanted weight, pharmaceutical companies line up to satisfy demand.

According to health and fitness expert Paul A. Achoa, not only do many of these drugs pose a threat to a user’s long-term health; they don’t usually provide lasting results.

“More often than not, these drugs will lead to quick results that don’t last very long,” he said. “On the other hand, when dieters make strategic long-term lifestyle changes that promote healthy weights; they tend to see results that last for years.”

Achoa says people can attain leaner physiques by eating more fibrous whole grains and vegetables. According to him, this is one fundamental step that many ignore.

“Most people focus on calories when trying to lose weight,” he said. “While this is an important part of any weight loss plan; it’s not the only thing that matters. To promote fat loss, you need to eat high-fiber, low-glycemic foods that take a long time to digest. This helps control appetite and prevents big insulin spikes that promote fat accumulations.”

By Jake Weathers (13 Posts)

Jake Weathers is KingofHowTo.com's weight-loss and bodybuilding expert.