Doctor: Elite Pro recall another reason to doubt weight loss pills

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DENVER -- Many women are thinking twice about asking for weight loss drugs after seeing  medications like oxy Elite Pro, linked to liver failure,  pulled off the market.

Dr.  Jeffrey Gerber of South Suburban Family Medicine in Englewood said a better choice may be to just get back to basics.

He said patients need to focus on eating "real food" that has a natural weight loss effect.

He said any nutritious diet involves "cutting out refined and processed foods that tend to have sugars, vegetable oils and  the combination of foods that have fats and sugars and carbohydrates."

Many women take prescription drugs because it can be difficult to lose weight due to hormonal changes.

Gerber said the key to battling a weight problem is getting to the bottom of why your body is slow to burn off the fat.

“We like to screen patients for a condition known as insulin resistance which is a precursor to pre-diabetes,” Greber said.

Gerber recommended testing for everything from high cholesterol to thyroid problems to unravel the mystery of why a patient can’t lose weight.

Regardless of the treatment, it’s crucial to eat a diet low in carbohydrates and high if fiber along with getting 30 minutes of exercise at least 4 times a week.

Doctors said that can boost metabolism and help regulate blood sugar just as well as drugs do in some patients.

Other options include drugs that treat insulin resistance and sensitivity in diabetics.

For more information visit South Suburban Family Medicine

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