FDA Warning on Alli and Xenical Should Raise Alarms

Summary: Second FDA warning in two days regarding products designed to combat obesity related diseases fails to make connection.

Tuesday, May 25th the FDA released a stern warning against high dose or chronic use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) citing an increased risk of fractures to the hip, wrist and spine. Thursday they released cautionary warnings against two weight loss drugs, Alli and Xenical, based on rare occurrences of liver disease linked to the drugs.

The FDA has added warning restrictions to the labels of both drugs as a result. The FDA stated there are an estimated 40 million users of these two drugs and has received 12 reports in 10 years of severe liver damage with two deaths reported."At this time, a cause-and-effect relationship of severe liver injury with [Xenical or Alli] use has not been established," the FDA released in a statement.

While we applaud the FDA for taking such precautionary steps in educating the public we would like to see information placed on drug labels which showed drug efficacy versus eating a healthy diet and walking five miles per day.

We have become a nation that expects medicine to cure ills caused in most part by sedentary lifestyles. We have to fix the problem at the source and promote preventative action over medicinal patches.

Walking five miles per day combined with a proper diet has been shown to effective in controlling many of the symptoms these drugs were designed to prevent without these recently discovered adverse side effects however we seem to have lost a common sense approach to our rising health care problems.

The challenge for most men and women is finding the time during the day to walk the Surgeon General's recommended minimum 10.000 steps per day (5 miles) to maintain optimum health. Most have occupations that require prolonged sedentary periods in their day, however TrekDesk Treadmill desks allow them to walk slowly while they work and achieve their health goals in as little as 3 hours.