Possible Health Risks of the Weight Loss Pill
Other than the fact that the findings from the current study are very early, a concern of creating a pill like this is that it “puts a Band-Aid on the problem, instead of dealing with the root issues of obesity,” says Nancy P. Rahnama, MD, a bariatric physician in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, who was not involved in the research. Additionally, she notes there’s the potential the pill may compromise the absorption of beneficial nutrients.
“There are a lot of consequences with decreasing absorption, such as hypoglycemia,” says Dr. Rahnama. “We need to be able to absorb nutrients — that’s the whole point of food.”
Hypoglycemia is when a person’s blood sugar is too low. If someone has the condition then takes the pill with a meal, he or she will likely be unable to return blood sugar levels to normal because their intestine has been coated, she explains, noting that the pill doesn’t seem like a long-term, successful plan for controlling diabetes.
Nutrient deficiencies are also a concern for those who undergo bariatric surgery. In particular, iron, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D metabolism are affected, Tavakkoli points out.