Medically reviewed by Spandana Nagulapally, Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
In the recent past, people across the globe are becoming health conscious and trying to keep obesity at bay thanks to the awareness campaigns.
When you lose weight and overcome obesity, you avoid a range of lifestyle-related health disorders like hypertension, heart stroke and even diabetes.
However, an obese person losing weight is a huge task. Added frustrations and wanting quick results have paved the way for unnatural weight loss methods. One such method that has gained popularity in recent times is weight loss pills.
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However, how much these weight loss pills work and how safe are they? Besides, how effective are they on diabetes both in terms of prevention and keeping the condition under control?
Meaning Of Diabetes
Diabetes is a clinical condition in which the body starts retaining a high level of sugar in the blood. The insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which helps in converting the sugar for using it as energy for doing work. This helps the body to function efficiently. But the body of the person with diabetes doesn’t produce enough insulin leading to a rise in blood sugar.
The people with a borderline case of diabetes are at the risk of developing diabetes. To reduce the risk, they need to lead an active life. If they are obese or overweight, they should work on losing those excess kilos.
Diabetes can cause eye problems, kidney problems, heart disease, heart strokes, dental problems, nerve damage, foot problems, etc. For this reason, it is extremely important to keep diabetes in check.
Weight Loss Pills And Diabetes
The good news is weight loss pills do not increase the risk of diabetes.
According to the research conducted at the European Association in Berlin, Germany in the year 2018, weight loss drugs can even help in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Another study conducted at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston concluded that loss drugs like Lorcaserin have been found to lower the risk of diabetes.
All weight loss pills are not the same. While some weight loss pills block fat, others control the appetite.
For the study, CAMELLIA-TIMI 61 was carried out under the supervision of Dr Erin Bohula.
The study was carried out using 1200 people who were at the risk of developing diabetes. The study was conducted for three years.
However, it is important to note that if you are already taking insulin, then Lorcaserin must be taken with precaution. Check with your doctor before taking Lorcaserin in order to avoid hypoglycemia. 
The Risks Of Weight Loss Pills
No doubt by losing weight you can lower the risk of several diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, etc and diet pills can help you shed those extra pounds.
Nevertheless, it is important to bear in mind that weight loss pills can adversely affect your health.
Studies have suggested that it is safer to take weight loss pills after consulting your doctor. Weight loss pills come with side effects and these effects can damage your overall health.
Some of the adverse effects of weight loss pills include fatigue, nausea, restlessness, dry mouth, and gastric problem. Taking it for a very long time can even make you dependent on it.
Similarly, certain weight loss pills can dangerously lower your blood sugar level putting your life at risk. Before opting for pills, you need to examine the associated side effects carefully, especially when you are prone to diabetes.
Some studies reveal that weight loss pills are extremely detrimental and should be banned altogether.
Healthy Way To Lose Weight
Losing weight in a healthy manner is best any day. Simple changes to your everyday lifestyle can have a profound effect on your health.
A healthy and well-balanced diet coupled with exercise is the key to check your weight and lower the risk of diabetes.
Taking excess weight loss pills can mess with food absorption, cause deficiencies and nausea. It can even lead to tremors.
In fact, you can avoid the diet pills side effects and dangers by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Below are some of the steps that you can incorporate to reduce weight and avoid diabetes.
- Avoid highly processed, deep-fried and sugary food. Control your cravings by snacking on healthy food.
- Take smaller meals, preferably six meals a day instead of eating heavier meals. Try to include a lot of fresh fruits, nuts, whole grains, low-fat dairy and vegetables in your diet. The fibre-rich food will help in controlling your weight and will also help in keeping your system clean. Remember, DO NOT SKIP MEALS.
- Exercising is the next step towards attaining your goal. Even simple exercises like walking counts. You can even try cycling, swimming, jogging, yoga or aerobics. Exercise will not only help in losing weight but also help in improving your blood circulation.
- Simple changes such as walking to the market instead of riding a car, taking the stairs instead of the elevator will also help in keeping you active and fit.
The weight loss pills might put you in an illusion for losing weight quickly and can lower the risk of diabetes, but if you closely examine the side effects, you are losing the most precious thing in life, i.e. your health.
Instead of relying on these weight loss pills, working on realistic goals using a healthy diet and practical exercise regimes will reward you in the long run. These changes will help you lose weight and reduce the risk of diabetes naturally and without the baggage of side effects.
Q: Are weight loss pills bad?
A: No, weight loss pills are not bad. But it should be taken with caution and only after consulting a physician.
Q: Are weight loss pills dangerous? If so, why?
A: Weight loss pills are not dangerous as such. However, it comes with a lot of side effects and therefore it is best to know about its pros and cons before consuming.
Q: Are there any safe weight loss drugs?
A: Any weight loss drug has side effects and it is not 100% safe.
Q: Can diabetic patients take weight loss pills?
A: Diabetic patients can take weight loss pills but only under medical supervision. Also, they must ensure that the weight loss pills they are taking do not meddle with their sugar levels.
Q: What are the possible side effects of weight-loss supplements?
A: Taking weight loss pills for long can result in fatigue, nausea, restlessness, dry mouth, gastric problem and can create an addiction to it. In diabetic patients, it can lower blood glucose levels.