FDA Moves Against Alternative Diabetes Treatments

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FDA Moves Against Alternative Diabetes Treatments

WASHINGTON—The Food and Drug Administration is acting to stop U.S. sales of nearly two dozen products marketed as diabetes treatments that the agency said are illegal and can be ineffective, counterfeit or in some cases dangerous.

The federal agency sent warning letters to the companies involved and said it could follow up by seizing the products, enjoining their sale and even criminally prosecuting firms whose officials fail to take corrective action.

The products include dietary supplements, self-styled “natural treatments,” and ayurvedic medicines, part of an alternative health system that evolved in India and includes herbs and special diets. The drugs …

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Calcium supplements linked to increased heart attack risk

Taking calcium supplement pills may be increasing your risk of having a heart attack, according to a recent study conducted by scientists at Auckland and Aberdeen universities.

Researchers reviewed 11 studies covering over 12,000 people who were taking daily calcium supplements of 500mg or more. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, suggest that these individuals were 30% more likely to have a heart attack.

Writers of the study, which excluded those taking calcium in combination with the absorbent Vitamin D supplement, concluded: “randomised studies suggest that calcium supplements without coadministered vitamin D are associated with an increased incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack).”

Furthermore, the team reported evidence that the supplement, which is often prescribed to help ward off osteoporosis, is only marginally effective in preventing bone fracture and suggested that its role in this capacity is in need of “reassessment”.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF), however, has urged the public not to panic and to continue taking calcium supplements if they were prescribed to them by a health professional.

“We need to be cautious about the results of this analysis because none of the studies involved were designed to look specifically at the relationship between calcium supplements and the risk of heart attack”, said Senior Cardiac Nurse Judy O’Sullivan in a statement released by the BHF, adding that patients should consult their doctor if they are worried or unsure.

The National Osteoporosis Society added its view by pointing out that supplements should only be sought if the patient is unable to obtain the recommended daily amount of calcium by eating the right food.

“We’ve always recommended that people should aim to get the calcium they need from their diet to help build stronger bones,“ Dr Claire Bowring stated. “If you get all of the calcium that you need from your diet and adequate vitamin D from exposure to sunshine, then a supplement will not be necessary.”

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Weight loss pills and supplements are fake, says a study

According to a health report published by www.virginmedia.com , food supplements that are meant to trigger weight loss do not actually work. The study to find out this fact has been done by experts from Peninsula Medical School at the University of Plymouth.

The researchers came out with the conclusion that a number of supplements with fiber, cabbage and plant extracts are fake and just do not help people in shedding weight. The same study was also conducted by German researchers, only to find out no evidence of the pills working on the human bodies.

According to www.webmd.com, the findings of this research were presented at the International Conference on Obesity in Stockholm. The researchers are of the belief that none of the supplements is recommended for losing body weight.

Although there are a number of non-herbal and herbal supplements that are being sold in the market in order to trigger weight loss, but they have not showed any positive signs in human bodies.

After carrying out the research on few food supplements, the healthcare professionals were not satisfied with the results and they said that “Few food supplements have therefore been submitted to clinical trials, and many healthcare professionals feel uncertain about their therapeutic value.”

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