Friday, 1 December 2017

How to prevent slimming pills that can cause serious health problems


who have tried slimming pills say they can cause serious health problems
Almost two thirds of those using online slimming pills report side effects such as diarrhoea, bleeding, vision and heart problems.

One in three dieters (32.6%) have tried slimming pills bought online and, of those, 63% reported side effects including diarrhoea, bleeding, blurred vision and heart problems.


The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the weight loss organisation Slimming World polled 1,800 people to get the results.

Slimming World's head of external affairs Jenny Caven said: "It's easy to see how quick fix promises made by the sellers of online slimming pills could seem tempting to people who are desperately struggling with their weight.

"Buying slimming pills online can be incredibly risky though.

"The sellers are often unregulated and taking the pills puts people at risk of dangerous side effects."

The MHRA regularly seizes dodgy weight loss pills.

Some have not been safety tested, some contain ingredients previously withdrawn due to heart attack and stroke risks, the agency said.

Some had been found in rat-infested warehouses or garden sheds.

Last year, the MHRA seized more than 4.6 million fake medical products and closed more than 5,000 websites that had been selling medicines illegally.

MHRA senior policy manager Lynda Scammell said: "Quick fixes for losing weight may have serious health consequences in the short or long term, including organ failure and death.

"It's essential you know what you're buying online and what the risks are.

"If you don't, your weight could end up being the least of your worries."

Slimmers should check the seller is registered by using an online checking system or check if they display the Distance Selling logo.

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