For more than a decade, the FDA refused to approve pharmaceutical obesity treatments based on a long history of ineffective, unsafe “weight-loss” drugs. Within the last three
Nearly one in five deaths in the U.S. is associated with obesity, according to a new study from Columbia University. As the number of overweight and obese Americans continues to grow, we are putting ourselves at risk of serious and often fatal complications, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and lipid problems. About 75% of American healthcare costs already stem from the eight obesity-related diseases.
The government is rightly taking steps to address this obesity epidemic; however,
The FDA held fast for 13 years, refusing to approve any diet drugs after massive deaths and injuries from drugs like fen-phen. Immense pressure from Big Pharma, medical societies (funded by Big Pharma), and the U.S. Senate (lobbied by Big Pharma) pushed the FDA to approve new obesity drugs, however. Among them include
For the first time in history, in 2013, the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease. Unfortunately, this designation ignores the root causes of obesity and calls on Big Pharma to “treat” this newly-coined disease and its symptoms. Obese and overweight people will not benefit – and in
The diet drug industry spent $60 million in the last five years to urge the FDA to approve its products. Aside from the very real adverse
Victoza, along with Januvia, Janumet and Byetta are associated with a significant risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. These drugs are prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes – a complication of obesity – and have been subject to massive injury lawsuits. The FDA has issued numerous warnings about these drugs to address the risk of pancreatic diseases, including cancer, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, and necrotizing pancreatitis, all of which are often fatal.
As mentioned, Saxenda (liraglutide) was approved for weight loss in 2014 and is a higher dose form of Victoza. Already, Victoza has been
Studies measuring the cardiovascular and cancer risks of Saxenda are still ongoing, with results expected in 2016. The FDA is taking the “wait and see” approach on serious heart conditions and cancer risk, all the while patients continue popping
Another weight loss drug recently approved, Belviq, is associated with heart valve problems. Neither the FDA nor Belviq’s manufacturer itself
That the FDA allows serious risk studies to be done after drugs go to market should concern everyone, not just those fighting obesity. That any harm is accepted at all is unacceptable, and routinely exposing patients to drugs that have not been properly studied is even more unconscionable.
It is worth repeating that losing 5% of body weight through diet and exercise is not equal to losing 5% of body weight through a drug. The beneficial improvements to cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease
Similarly, in December 2014, a study was published that found that none of the 30
Patients are not told that studies measuring the actual, long-term risk of important adverse events are not conducted until after the drug is approved for market. They are not told that the risk of side effects
Patients are also unaware that drug companies are fined millions and often billions of dollars each year for falsely marketing diabetes drug treatments. More on these diabetes drug topics can be found here and here.
To date, more than 120 lawsuits have been filed against Victoza and Saxenda for pancreatic cancer development. These patients claim that if they had been properly warned about the risk of cancer they would not have chosen to take these drugs. Pancreatic cancer is extraordinarily hard to treat and is a leading cause of cancer death.
Patients battling obesity and type 2 diabetes must read all labels carefully and thoroughly before taking any type of medication. Patients also need to be aware that excessive sugar acts as a poison in the body, contributing to obesity and other chronic and fatal diseases. Losing weight is difficult, but it should not focus on counting calories or excessively exercising. It is necessary to make a holistic, overall lifestyle change to beat obesity.
Obese, diabetic and overweight patients should focus on making proper food choices (whole, organic, unprocessed foods); switching to high-quality, organic animal foods; a comprehensive exercise program; optimizing vitamin intake; stress reduction; avoidance of chemicals, toxins and pollutants; increasing water intake; and restorative sleep.
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