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Appetite Suppressing Chewing Gum?

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum

Appetite suppressant gum looks set to be a possibility according to research carried out at Syracuse University. Researchers have been looking into the hormone, hpYY, a hormone that is released naturally in the intestinal area when a person eats. Injecting the hormone has proved to work in the past and in previous studies; it was shown that people consumed 30% less calories when on this type of treatment but what about the possibility of a chewing gum form? The fact that there are receptors on the tongue indicates that the drug could work best in chewing gum form, even over a tablet form but the hormone needs to get straight into the blood stream. Even stomach acid would destroy the hormone in pill form if consumed this way.

As of yet, there is no treatment other than Xenical available for weight loss so people are really getting exciting over anything. There is no evidence to suggest that by chewing, the hormone will be released into the blood quickly enough. The countdown begins for The Food and Drug Administrationís decision on Qnexa, a decision that is set to be made by April 2012.

Sibutramine Warning

Posted: Friday, 2 September, 2011 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills

The Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) warn that certain herbal slimming pills might contain sibutramine.

Sibutramine is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke hence Reductil was removed from the market.

The regulatory body have warned those who have purchased herbal slimming aids and diet pills to consult their pharmacists before continuing to take these treatments.

Mango Seeds and Slimming Benefits

Posted: Wednesday, 3 August, 2011 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills, slimming pills, weight loss, qnexa

One of the most popular products for slimming down at the moment is the African mango and there is proof of its success following two studies carried out in Cameroon. The seeds were extracted and the effects on weight loss and blood fat levels were assessed over a period of 4 weeks and compared to a placebo group.The results proved that the group lost on average 5.3% of their original body weight versus the placebo group who only lost 1.3%. Substantial decreases in blood cholesterol were observed in addition.

The seeds contain soluble fibre and delay the digestion process resulting in a slower passing of glucose into the blood stream. The ingredients of this herbal treatment however are contained in many herbal weight loss treatments that have not been tested by regulators. The product is therefore not recommended for consumption as of yet. Still Xenical is the only weight loss drug licensed for use in the EU.

We await news of the hopeful qnexa, Vivusí promising weight loss treatment.

Xenical Warnings

Posted: Thursday, 28 April, 2011 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills, slimming pills, weight loss, qnexa, weight loss, xenical

Although there are no hard facts proving that Xenical (weight loss drug) could potentially cause kidney problems, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) may be forcing the pharmaceutical company to sell their product with warnings clearly marked on the box. Kidney problems have never been associated side effects and the recent study that is causing all of the uproar revealed a few cases but the numbers were nowhere near substantial enough to have kidney problems as a cause for concern.

The prescription drug, Xenical is sold as Alli over the counter for weight loss but it is recommended by health care providers and doctors that this accessibility is not really a good idea. Over the counter treatments mean that the progress of the patient will not be monitored and side effects will not be brought to medical attention.

As yet there is no significant research to prove that Xenical can cause kidney problems but this treatment should always be purchased with a prescription.

The Lancet Publishes on Qnexa's Latest News

Posted: Wednesday, 13 April, 2011 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills, slimming pills, weight loss, qnexa, weight loss, xenical, diet pills slimming pills

Vivus Incís CONQUER study revealed participants achieved 20 pounds weight loss on average during one year of taking a high dose of Qnexa, a substantial amount of weight loss when compared to other weight loss drug competitors at trial stage. This is the only appetite suppressant still in the running for approval this year and the success of the pharmaceutical company looks hopeful. The Lancet published safety and efficacy reports of the 56 week study which assessed patients suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol or type-2 diabetes across 93 states in the United States. Qnexa might yet prove to be the future in slimming pills yet.

Qnexa was successful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol versus the placebo and will be evaluating its impact on type-2 diabetes and sleep apnea shortly. Approximately 2,500 obese men and women participated in the trial and where one group were to diet, exercise and receive counselling while taking Qnexa (a high dose or a low dose), the control group had to diet, exercise and receive counselling alone. After the 56 weeks, those taking the lower dose of Qnexa lost a significant 18 pounds. Those not taking Qnexa only lost 3 pounds. The group taking the weight loss drug also experienced a lowering of blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels.

Qnexa is a combination of phentermine, which is a weight loss drug in the US, and topiramate, which is traditionally used to treat migraine and epilepsy. Side effects included anxiety and depression and double the number of people dropped out of the study taking the high dose of the drug over those who received the counselling on its own.
Another problem the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had with Qnexa last year related to its association with birth defects but none of the 34 women who became pregnant while participating in the study had babies born with defects. The application to the FDA will be submitted once again at the end of this year despite the positive news; it is still not clear from recent trials whether this weight loss drug could be suitable for long term use.

In the meantime, it is imperative to make sure that the diet pills or slimming pills one is taking are regulated by a reliable source.

Scottish Slimming Pill Bill

Posted: Thursday, 7 April, 2011 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills, slimming pills, weight loss, qnexa, weight loss, xenical, diet pills slimming pills, Diet Pill, slimming pill

Slimming pills are being slated by the Scots since reports revealed that there has been a 20% increase in the amount spent on such weight loss treatments over this last year. Now that the public will be receiving free prescriptions, it is suggested that the figures look set to rise again with estimates reading a whopping five million pounds of tax payerís cash each year.

What doctors and patients must remember is that slimming pills and diet pills do not work without the patient maintaining a healthy diet and taking regular exercise. If this is enforced and regulated, perhaps the money spent on such treatment may actually serve to curb the problem of obesity in the UK.

With a quarter of the population of Scots obese, and with the consequent rates of obesity related illnesses on the rise, the only options are to be more vigilant and monitor the progress of those being treated.

Contrave Rejected

Posted: Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills, slimming pills, weight loss, qnexa, weight loss, xenical, diet pills slimming pills, Diet Pill, slimming pill, Slimming Pills

The Food and Drug Administration has paid no heed to the recommendations of its advisory panel for weight loss treatment, Contrave. This is blow for Orexigen Therapeutics, which was confident about the approval of the treatment based on the panelís recommendations. The FDA usually goes with the recommendation of their panel but not on this occasion.

The FDA had fears over the use of Contrave in the long term and had suggested that a randomized, double blind trial be carried out on a large scale and for a sufficient length of time, in order to assess the risk of cardiovascular incidences.

Contrave is the third drug to be rejected over the year including Qnexa and Lorcaserin and furthermore, Reductil (Meridia) was taken off the market voluntarily by the pharmaceutical company in the United States late last year. It is both a daunting task to face the FDA during such a climate and an exciting one considering there is nothing on the market in the way of successful appetite suppressants. The market is there for the taking with right kind of drug.

Weight Loss Pills Lose Out

Posted: Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills, slimming pills, weight loss, qnexa, weight loss, xenical, diet pills slimming pills, Diet Pill, slimming pill, Slimming Pills

Itís been a bad few years, to say the least, for certain weight loss pills. Reductil and Acomplia, two weight-loss drugs, were both withdrawn from the market because of fears about possible side effects. It is no longer possible to obtain either.

Reductil was withdrawn at the beginning of 2010 after an extensive trial, which suggested that it increased the risk of non-fatal cardiovascular events.

Launched in 2006, Acomplia was also hailed as a wonder drug - forty per cent of those given the drug lost up to ten per cent of their body weight. Two years later, however, it was withdrawn from the market after research linked the drug to depression, psychosis and suicidal tendencies.

Both of these medications worked by changing the chemical processes which occurred in the brain when the patient ate food - it made them satisfied (full up) more quickly, which meant they ate less and in turn lost weight. Perhaps itís not surprising that these drugs would have severe side effects when one considers the considerable effect that they had on the brain.

Xenical (Orlistat) is a weight loss medication that is, however, still available - either over the counter in a small dose as Alli or in a stronger dose on prescription. It works in a different way from either of the aforementioned drugs and causes the gut to get rid of excess fat in food. It is a successful and popular aid to in the battle many of us have to lose weight.

Lorraine Kelly Drops a Dress Size

Posted: Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills, slimming pills, weight loss, qnexa, weight loss, xenical, diet pills slimming pills, Diet Pill, slimming pill, Slimming Pills, Lorraine Kelly, weight loss plan

Everyoneís favourite TV mum Lorraine Kelly has been parading her new slim-line body, saying that sheís only really been happy with her body since she turned 50 last year.

The star, famed for her cosy chats on GMTVís sofa, slimmed down from a size 14 to a size 12 as part of her training for the 2010 London Marathon. She told Closer magazine, ďI feel much better when Iím this size, its lovely to be able to go to a shop and buy a size 12.Ē

Lorraine has put her new shape down to a sensible weight loss plan, describing how sheís been making a real effort to plan her meals properly. She said she always carried a banana in her bag and makes sure that there is always fruit around, so that though she has not banned sweets she is less tempted to snack on them.

She revealed that her own push to get healthy has also had an impact on her daughter, explaining, ďI make sure that Rosie, has a plate of fruit to snack on instead of crisps and chocolate."

Despite her new figure, which she showed off in the magazine in a series of pretty dresses, Kelly has vowed not to start hankering after unobtainable goals, admitting, ďIím never going to be uber-thin, itís not how Iím meant to be.Ē

We think she looks fabulous, and its really refreshing to see a women in the national press advocating such as a healthy and realistic approach to weight loss!

Biggest Loser Winner Crowned

Posted: Wednesday, 26 May, 2010 | Categories: appetite suppressant, chewing gum, reductil, diet pills, slimming pills, slimming pills, weight loss, qnexa, weight loss, xenical, diet pills slimming pills, Diet Pill, slimming pill, Slimming Pills, Lorraine Kelly, weight loss plan, obesity, TV

The American version of The Biggest Loser has come to a close, with Michael Ventrella winning the championís crown.

He is the ninth winner of the program and has walked away with $250,000. The 30-year-old DJ, from Chicago, was the programís heaviest ever contestant at the start, weighing in at 526lb. By the end pf the series, he had gone down to 262 lb.

The total weight loss of 264lb, or 50.19%, was a spectacular drop. Michael says that when he entered the ranch where the contestants live for the duration of the program, he knew he needed to save his life.

He said, ďThe only way to do that was to bare all. I left everything I loved, everything I hated Ė I had to get over it. I dedicated myself so much. I had to reach a place inside me I didnít think existed. Even to this day, I donít feel like Iím done yet. Iím going to keep going.Ē

The show has faced a fair amount of criticism for the extreme methods they used, with past contestants saying that they would routinely starve themselves or not drink in order to meet their targets at the weigh in.

Past winner Ryan C Benson said that he became so dehydrated that at one point he was urinated blood, while medical professionals have expressed grave concerns, with one, Dr. Charles Burant of the University of Michigan, saying that he was Ďwaiting for the first person to have a heart attackí.

However the producers say that they take health very seriously and that the wellbeing of contestants is carefully monitored.

Either way, it seems America loves watching the obese lose weight and the show has routinely been a ratings winner for station NBC.

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