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Hi, Thank you for question this evening
So what do you think Doctor
Sweeteners used in diet drinks to help weight loss can be just as harmful as full-sugar versions
Can you explain further please
Artificial sweeteners fail to trigger the brain regions and hormones that tell us we are full and so we eat more.
The drinks may also double the odds of developing metabolic syndrome – a cluster of symptoms that greatly increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
So Diet drinks are not good for losing weight or long term health
Ok, so except for not feeling full and future co morbidities, sweeteners do not affect ability to lose weight
Aspartame is put in fizzy products such as Coke, Pepsi, 7UP and Sprite as a healthier option within Diet forms of these drinks..
But a study claims that some drinks containing the ingredient are linked to weight-gain, diabetes and heart disease – with just one can a day said to increase risks of high blood pressure. So this could actually make you increase weight rather than your goal of losing weight
could you send me the article please
This was quite a recent article (July 2013) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2359821/Sweeteners-diet-drinks-dont-cut-weight-just-harmful-regular-versions.html
any academic sources.
Bear with me I am searching the medical for academic sources of information
You have an article by the Mayo Clinic - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/artificial-sweeteners/MY00073
so what would you recommend then
as an alternative
You may also find this article useful http://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-lose-weight-8-avoid-artificial-sweeteners
what criteria would I have to meet to get prescribed orlistat?
There are many different views for and against. On the other hand, this is a positive article by WebMD http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/are-artificial-sweeteners-safe
Xenical is the drug you are referring to which contains orlistat, each health authority has its own guidelines, you would need an in depth consultation with your GP as there are a number of key points and points to note which could make the drug dangerous for you
I think Xenical is the trade name, but yeh I will consult my GP
I think they only prescribe it for up to 6 months due to cost?
Is that correct?
Your GP would be the best person to ask about this drug and whether it would be appropriate for you in your case. It is not so much cost, it is the fact that over time, the drug could become unsuitable for the patient or the patient to the drug. It is only meant for short term use.
Ok, thank you
so my last question. What is a safe and effective alternative for weight loss?
An alternative in my opinion which is a safe and effective alternative would be water, vegetable juices or green tea. No problems, Please leave a positive review, and should you have any other questions please get in touch.