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Experts Warn against Devastating Health Effects of Miracle Weight Loss Pills

Experts Warn against Devastating Health Effects of Miracle Weight Loss Pills

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Shedding those extra pounds, either due to health concerns, for a special occasion, or simply to up one’s feelings of self-worth and self-confidence has been a Holy Grail of sorts, for men and women around the world – and this has been literally going on for decades. The main issue in this picture is that would-be weight losers often base their mind-frame on the wrongful assumption that there exists some of sort magic pill, a miracle diet of one kind or another, which can help them lose the bothersome weight overnight. While diet approaches differ widely from one (scientifically approved) plan to another, from one expert to the next, and even among dieters (to rightfully account for differences in metabolism structure, lifestyle, etc.), science basically is in consensus over one specific fact. That is, weight is not gained overnight; similarly, expecting to shed it in an unreasonably short amount of time is preposterous and naïve.

In spite of repeated such assertions from everyone and anyone in healthcare, it seems there is still a market for the impatient, instant gratification seekers. It is the providers on that market that are perpetuating the belief that weight loss can be achieved through magic pills and other similar solutions. The dieting pill industry is the one responsible for a recent event, which occurred in late October, in which an Irish teenager who had been attempting to lose weight with sibutramine pills was rushed to the hospital immediately. The teen thought she was taking ‘herbal’ pills, as advertised on the package, when, instead, doctors found otherwise and proceeded to remove her colon, to save her from further complications.

This case drew the attention of the Australian media, which promptly looked into the possibility of buying such pills down under: nowadays, getting your hands on a sibutramine containing slimming product costs no more than $1.49 per pill. The pills are instantly accessible to anyone who can afford paying for them, as they are being marketed online – one website even purports that such pills could be the solution to the issue of obesity in Australia! While their actual effects with respect to slimming are still debatable, their side effects are much more of a certainty. Sibutramine has been reported to cause heart problems, which can even go as far as causing heart attacks and strokes. Until 2010, the substance was only available on prescription. After health concern claims started popping up, it was removed from pharmacies – only to become available online nowadays.

According to the experts at the psychotherapy clinic Bayside Psychotherapy in Melbourne, eating for comfort, or in order to assuage anxiety, depression, loneliness or other perceived voids in one’s life can quickly escalate to a weight issue. However, diet pills are not the answer. Properly addressing the food addiction or the binge eating patterns is – and clinic patients are encouraged to embrace modern, alternative methods such as NLP, mindfulness therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Aside from providing relief from often damaging issues, these therapies also help sufferers learn how to help themselves, as they make their way back to a full recovery.

A recent experiment in body image perceptions challenged such notions as BMI and societal standards, by asking experts to weigh in on a female model whose height and weight correspond to the countrywide average. The average woman in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, now weighs 70.1 kilograms, compared to her 1995 counterpart, who was lighter by 3.1 kilos. Also, the average Aussie female has a BMI of almost 26, which places her in the risk zone for obesity (it ranges from a 25 to a 29.9 BMI). While BMI does not allow for skeletal structure and muscle mass, it is also a fairly good indicative of a person’s risks of weight issues. And the reality is Australians aren’t getting any thinner – but fast-track ‘miracle’ solutions are certainly not going to solve anything.

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At-Home Blood Test Kits Can Make Patients Lives Easier, Say Experts

At-Home Blood Test Kits Can Make Patients Lives Easier, Say Experts

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We live in a day and age where time has become a precious commodity, since the pace of life seems to be constantly accelerating, and an increasing number of people are finding themselves in the difficult position of having to juggle personal and professional demands. As such, a worrying set of statistics will reveal that more and more Americans will purposely disregard their own health and fitness condition, simply because they don’t have enough time (or money) to properly monitor their own wellbeing. However, it is equally shocking to find out that people will purposely choose not to get lab tests and argue they don’t have the time required to go to a clinic, especially since the proliferation of at home blood test kits. Some people worry that such tests are insufficiently safe, while others have qualms over drawing their own blood. However, more and more experts are agreeing that this view is a matter of education: by educating themselves on what such blood tests do, how they work, and what they can assess, many people could avoid health risks altogether.

What Can You Test Yourself for?

Given the advances of medical science, at the moment it is possible for patients to test themselves at home for a wide range of conditions, disorders, and symptoms. According to Health Testing Centers, a Stress Test Kit, for instance, will allow one to test one’s own cortisol levels. The release of this hormone is one of the body’s first responses to stressful situations, and measuring its levels four times during one day can provide an accurate description of one’s adrenal fatigue levels. Similarly, there exist specialized hormone test kits, especially targeted for men and women past the age of fifty – a stage of life during which the body’s hormone production mechanisms undergo dramatic changes, because of menopause or simply due to the effects of natural aging. Another complex and important test kit is the one for gauging cardiovascular risks of illness, through assessing several risk areas, such as hemoglobin levels, cholesterol (total, LDL, HDL, and VLDL), and fasting insulin.

How at Home Test Kits Work

It’s important to note that most at-home test kits are complementary to regular lab work – that is, they can’t and shouldn’t replace them altogether, as a blood or saliva test undertaken by a health care professional in a clinical environment is likely to be more accurate and telling. That being said, at home test kits will usually analyze a sample of saliva or blood. Syringes are not used in such tests, as they could prove perilous for an untrained non-professional; instead, blood is drawn through a simple and painless blood prick. Each test contains thorough and detailed instructions for proper usage.

Recently, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center research report revealed that at home blood tests are just as relevant and effective for elderly patients, who would otherwise need to visit a doctor’s office on a weekly or even multi-weekly basis for monitoring against blood clots. At-home weekly tests could come to replace such a taxing schedule of visits at clinics, for patients who are already old and find it hard to pay such visits frequently. And the experts agree that while anti-coagulation medication is basically keeping their elderly patients alive, something needs to be done to try and alleviate their efforts.

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