Plenity, recently approved by the FDA, is considered “benign and safe” according to the director of nutrition and weight management at Boston Medical Center. How It Works: The Plenity capsule contains cellulose and citric acid which swells in the stomach, forming a hydrogel with a consistency similar to food. The pills create a sense of satiety with a decreased intake of food. The Good News: The promising news about this drug which will be available by prescription next year, is that the drug does not enter the bloodstream or the brain and passes through the digestive system just like food. Reports show that the drug was notably effective for those diagnosed with elevated fasting blood glucose. Since obesity plays a significant role in the development of diabetes, a little help with weight loss can go a long way. Here’s What I Think: My professional opinion as a dietitian is that eating healthier and exercising most days of the week should take priority over any medication for weight loss. If you are diabetic or have been diagnosed with prediabetes, seek the counsel of a registered dietitian who can help you learn how to eat consistent carbs, lose weight and control blood glucose levels. Although I am always a bit apprehensive when it comes to new medications, the concept behind this new drug does show promise.
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