The Problem With Slimming Pills
With evidence both for and against the slimming pills Alli, it is hard to tell what the truth really is. Though whatever the truth it can be said that slimming pills are not the best way to lose weight.
What do you think about slimming pills?
A warning has been put out for dieters who use slimming pills, they would be putting them at risk of severe organ damage.
The warning, that comes from a US study on the pills, claims that taking Alli, slimming pills that help block fat from being absorbed. The pills impact an enzyme that could lead to 'severe toxicity of internal organs such as the liver and kidney'.
The researchers also say that the weight loss pills can cause other medications to not be as effective.
The researchers say that Orlistat (the active ingredient in Alli pills) inhibits carboxylesterase-2, an enzyme he said works to detoxify the liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract. 'When the activity of this enzyme drops in those organs, toxicity increases or the efficacy of some drugs is altered,' said Professor Yan.
Professor Yan does admit that it can cause cause certain other medications such as anti-cancer drugs to be weakened.
He said 'the enzyme's ability to metabolise a wide range of medicines, and that the effectiveness of those medicines - in particular a number of anti-cancer drugs - was at risk of being 'weakened' by the use of Orlistat.'
However GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the pill have refuted any suggestions that it is unsafe. With them saying 'Earlier this year the European regulator reaffirmed the safety profile of Orlistat following a review of the medicine and possible side-effects.'