The brand of diet pills and supplements that are being blamed for a spate of weight loss and muscle loss in women across the U.S. has gained momentum in recent years.
The pills have been touted for improving metabolism and reducing stress, and the supplements have been blamed for causing hormonal imbalance and potentially causing birth defects.
A new study published online this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that phenterminide, the active ingredient in the pills, has been linked to weight gain and other health problems in women who took them.
The study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California, Davis, found that women taking phenterine diet pills had higher rates of diabetes, diabetes-related heart disease, and hypertension than women taking regular diet pills.
A previous study from the CDC also found that the pills could lead to birth defects in children.
Pills containing phenteramine also cause an increase in triglycerides and insulin levels in the body, according to the study.
According to the CDC, these types of problems are associated with obesity and diabetes, and that women who are predisposed to diabetes should avoid taking the pills.
But the CDC notes that a lack of understanding about phenterone’s effects can lead to misperceptions and confusion about what the pills are actually doing.
The CDC also notes that there are other health risks associated with taking the pill, including a higher risk of cancer.
“While there is some evidence that phenters may reduce the risk of developing diabetes and some evidence to suggest that phenTERMs may improve metabolic health in some cases, more research is needed to identify the mechanisms and risk factors associated with these benefits,” the CDC said in a statement.
But not everyone is buying the claims made by the company that produces the pills and claims that they have been proven effective.
A 2015 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that despite phenterines purported health benefits, some women were losing weight on the pills that they were taking.
The researchers found that after only six months, some of the women who were taking the prescription diet pills were losing an average of 1.8 pounds and were on track to lose an additional 0.8 to 1.2 pounds each month by the end of the six-month study.
Other women were gaining weight on their regular diet pill regimen, but lost the same amount of weight.
“These results indicate that the claims of the phentermgene (phentermine) diet pills have not been adequately validated,” the researchers concluded.
According the researchers, the data suggests that the weight loss may be caused by changes in the metabolism of the pill’s active ingredient, phenterol.
The findings are important because they show that the diet pills may be able to reduce weight gain in women with diabetes, although more research needs to be done.
But other experts are concerned about the safety of the pills in the long-term.
“A lot of the people who are using these pills for weight loss are young women and women who don’t have any previous history of diabetes,” Dr. Susan Buss, the president of the Women’s Health Initiative, told Fox News.
“They’re not getting any insulin that they’re not insulin sensitive, and they’re taking these pills when they’re really, really sick.”
The FDA has been working to improve the safety and effectiveness of the drugs.
According a statement from the agency, it is working with researchers to understand whether there is a link between the drugs and birth defects, as well as to develop new methods for treating diabetes in women.
“We are committed to finding out if there is any link between these drugs and any of these birth defects,” the statement reads.
The FDA also announced it is conducting an independent review of all new drugs in the pipeline, including those that contain phenteramines.
It will also review the safety, effectiveness, and safety-effectiveness of the products in other clinical trials.