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Are diet pills safe to use for morbidly obese people?

Updated on January 12, 2011

Care needs to be exercised when using any type of drug - this includes diet pills.

Obesity and being overweight is a problem in many countries around the world. This ahs created a situation for manufactures to create weight loss aides in the form of shakes, teas, powders, and diet pills. The question about the effectiveness and safety of these products is a debate that has been ongoing since the first diet product hit the market. This is especially the case for the diet pill because the idea of taking pills in general is something that causes a little bit of alarm and should be treated with caution. Anything that is ingested in the medicinal form causes alarm bells to go off but, in all fairness, it is but smart to look at these products to make sure that you are feeding your body with non-harmful compounds.

Generally, there are two kinds of diet pills. There are the ones that are prescribed and the ones you can easily buy over the counter. The ones that are prescribed are the ones that are FDA-approved and require a physicians monitoring when it comes to serving size and frequency. Over the counter diet pills are usually the ones that claim to be all-organic and without any synthetic hormones or chemical elements.

The main finding for most diet pills, even the ones that are supposed to be all-organic, is that these cause an increase in metabolism but also an increase in heart rate that often results in palpitations and tremors. This is due mostly to the composition of diet pills in general. Most of these pills contain amounts of caffeine the purpose of which is to stimulate the system. However, caffeine not only causes the body’s nervous system to react but also adds to the body’s sugar levels. Other common ingredients in diet pills are Adipex, Xenical which makes a person defecate unexpectedly if too much fat and oil is ingested, Merdia and Phenteremine. All these components have the common side effects of a racing heartbeat, chest pain, and heart problems.

However, despite these facts, there are still diet pills that are used and these are the ones that require supervision. Yes, they may contain the components already mentioned but the supervision is the key to avoiding abuse and subsequent health problems. You should also not take any pills if you have a history of heart problems, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, or if you are on anti-seizure medication. Basically, with the right diet and the right information from health professionals, it is possible to safely take diet pills. But the pills taken on their own, with no consultation is most often dangerous and is not recommended.


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