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From NPR: Diet Pill Meridia Raises Risks For Strokes, Heart Attacks

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I'm crazy busy right now with work, but I saw this article and wanted to share it. This is scary stuff!
www.npr.org/blogs/health
/2010/09/02/129598679/
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CDGOLDILOCKS 9/2/2010 3:57PM

    Hmm. Well, these diet drugs increase Heart rate and Blood pressure, so if the obese or overweight person has high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, this is not the drug for them. Diet pills are meant to be a "jump start", not to be used more than 3 months. The patients in the study took the diet pill for 3.5 Years.

What I want to know is the effects for the younger population. The statistics were for adults 55+. What about the benefits to a 24 year old with no medical issues other than obesity?

I think with that said, I would like to see this drug stay on the market, provided that the patient be closely monitored and see a nutritionist while on the drug. The drug is only a temporary aid while healthy foods and exercise are introduced. The nutritional and fitness component is severely neglected for many patients. They need someone to help them relearn bad habits. The pill isn't going to do that for them....

I hope this makes sense...


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