Ask the Doctors: What Are the Risks of Diet Pills and Laxatives

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Inadequate calories can cause the body to eventually break down heart muscle for food; and adding a stimulant such as diet pills can cause the heart to develop an abnormal, life-threatening rhythm that can cause sudden death. Laxatives fl ush out your system but can cause cramps and diarrhea. Over time, you need more to achieve the same effect.

Diet pills are often associated with missed meals, which result in slowed metabolism as the body stores calories for fuel. Avoid both at all costs.


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