Weight loss is becoming a common goal for U.S. citizens. Unfortunately,
instead of working out or eating healthier, many people hoping to lose
weight look for quick results through the use of weight loss supplements
and foods. Pills, foods, teas, and coffees that promise quick weight loss
results can be dangerous to consumers. If a diet product sounds too good
to be true, it most likely is.
In spite of the dangers associated with dietary supplements, demand continues
to rise for these products. Unless your doctor instructs you to use weight
loss supplements for medical reasons, it could be dangerous to use these
types of products.
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act states that dietary supplements
do not have to be approved by the FDA before being marketed to consumers.
This means that is it entirely up to the company producing weight loss
supplements to ensure product safety. Countless stories about overdoses
and injuries from weight loss pill consumption lead us to believe that
these companies cannot be trusted to promote wholly safe products. In
April, a 21-year-old female from Britain lost her life after an accidental
overdose on diet pills purchased online. Those pills contained DNP, or
dinitrophenol, an ingredient credited for taking more than 60 lives worldwide.
This woman consumed eight of the DNP-containing pills, but only two would
have been considered a lethal dose. The inclusion of this dangerous ingredient,
as well as others such as sibutramine, proves the dangers associated with
diet pill consumption. Even dietary supplements claiming to be “all
natural” have been found to contain hidden ingredients that could
be dangerous to consume.
While some diet supplements may be harmless, others can cause high blood
pressure, increased heart rate, diarrhea, agitation, kidney issues, liver
damage, rectal bleeding, and sleeplessness. The warning signs for potentially
dangerous diet pills and weight loss products include:
- “Quick fix” promises and “guaranteed” results
- Mass emails marketing weight loss products
- Items promoted as herbal substitutes to an FDA-approved drug
- Claims that a supplement offers similar effects to prescription drugs
- Products claiming to be “scientific breakthroughs”
Before using any type of dietary supplement, whether it is a pill, tea,
or other item, you should consult your physician. Losing a few pounds
may be beneficial to your health, but it should be done in a healthy way.
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