The Doctors: Two New FDA Approved Diet Pills
According to The Doctors TV show, childhood obesity have more than tripled in the past 30 years, and it’s estimated that half of the population in 39 states will be obese by 2030.
Dr. Travis Stork said that diet and exercise are the best ways to combat this issue, but a lot of people want a quick fix. For the first time since 1999, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new weight loss pills–Lorcaserin and Phentermine/Topiramate.
The Doctors: Diet Pill Benefits vs Risks
Bariatric surgeon Dr. Brian Quebbemann, cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy and Colorado School of Public Health professor Elaine Morrato joined Dr. Stork on The Drs. to talk about the potential risks behind these drugs.
Dr. Quebbemann said these medications give his patients hope that something is going to fill that void. There’s surgery and there’s diet and exercise, but nothing really in between, and that’s where the pills come in.
Dr. Kennedy said that a diet pill is not the answer because he’s seen firsthand what they can do to your cardiovascular health. Morrato voted yes on one of the drugs, and said that drug companies did a good job of making sure the pills are introduced in a safe way with low risks.
The Doctors: New Diet Pills Are Long-Term Treatment
Dr. Stork said that these pills are being looked at as long term treatments that patients would have to remain on. Dr. Quebbemann said that any weight loss route you take, from diet and exercise to surgery, is a permanent process. His real question is about what the safety of these pills is long term.
The Doctors: Lisa’s Clinical Trial Results
Audience member Lisa participated in a clinical trial for one of the drugs and lost 40 pounds. She said she had a wonderful experience and testified in favor of it at the FDA hearing.
Lisa was able to stick to her diet and manage what she ate while on the pill without any side effects. However, she gained over 40 pounds when she went off the pill, and is now at risk for many things like diabetes, joint issues and cardiovascular problems.
She said she would rather be on the diet pill for the rest of her life because it allows her to be healthy, than get sick and have to be on medication to control that.
The Doctors: Always Discuss Weight Loss Pills with Your Doctor
Morrato said that with the obesity epidemic where it’s at, we need options and we need a way to get them to people safely. Dr. Stork said that there’s no such thing as a “magic bullet" and these pills are not a magic bullet for weight loss. Taking the pills is an individual discussion to have with your doctor. Hear more about Lisa’s clinical trial in the video below.