We live in a world where there seems to be a pill for just about everything, and many argue that we are as a population overly medicated. And while we are not here today to discuss the merits of that statement, what we are here to talk about is the effect that all these pills and prescriptions can have on your waistline.
“Weight issues are often a primary reason for non-compliance with treatment,” registered dietitian Christine M. Palumbo. tells us. “Some drugs stimulate the appetite or slow the body’s metabolism. Others cause fluid retention or enough drowsiness to reduce physical activity, which can trigger weight gain.”
“If you suspect your drug is causing weight gain, never stop taking it. Instead, make an appointment with your healthcare provider and ask if there might be an equally effective alternative that doesn’t affect your weight. Everyone reacts to medications differently, so trying something else may help,” says Palumbo.
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