What Makes Diet Pills Dangerous

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People searching for a quick way to lose some pounds often turn to diets pills as an answer for their weight problems. These products could easily be purchased from your local grocery store, drug store, and television infomercials. Many of these products claims are just too good to be true and borders on the impossible. More and more companies have started opening shop with billions of dollars to be made in the diet industry making it harder to choose from a scam and a genuine diet product.

Just because these products are marketed as all natural and no surgery is involved in the treatment does not necessarily mean that they are guaranteed to be safe. Diet pills are readily available even without a prescription making them highly susceptible to abuse. Below are a few things to look out for the next time you’re in the market for a diet pill.

• Stimulants

Some diet pills contain stimulants which have a direct effect on a person’s heart rate. Stimulants increases heart rate which in turn signals our metabolism to go faster helping us burn fats better. This could help us bring our weight down but place a great strain on our hearts. Constant use of diet pills containing stimulants can contribute to the development of cardiac diseases.

Stimulants can also cause people to lose their appetite which is good if you’re trying to lose weight. However, having no appetite to eat also deprives the body from much needed nutrients. Stimulants also have a direct effect on a person’s psychological state. They can affect our ability to focus increasing the chances of an accident happening. Because of their ability to affect a person’s mood and behavior, diet pills can also be addicting.

• Ephedrine

Ephedrine is a highly addictive substance which has been banned by the FDA for diet pill use. This substance is contained in Country Mallow and heart leaf, plants that are often used in diet pills. Many of the diet pills are offered over the internet with companies located all over the world. Because the use of Ephedrine has only been banned in the US, some companies located in other parts of the world are outside federal jurisdiction. Side effects associated with prolong use of Ephedrine include blood clotting in the extremities, seizures, sleeping difficulty, kidney stones and palpitations.

• Appetite Suppressants

There are no strict guidelines regulating the use of diet pills. This makes dangerous diet pills readily available even for people suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Along with ingredients which increase calorie burning they contain substances that decrease appetite. The combination of a faster metabolism and loss of appetite can be deadly. Fats are the fuel of the body and when they are burned before they could be used can leave people weak and malnourished. Appetite suppressants make this worse because the body is not able to recuperate the loss and continues to lose important nutrients making this a deadly combination.

The stiff competition among diet pill companies has made keeping their ingredients a secret important. People should understand that these diet companies create products with one thing in mind, to bring people’s weight down sometimes at any cost. Although diet pills have time and time again proven their effectiveness in solving weight problems, consumers should try to consider what effect these products have on their health in the long run.

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