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Can a person with prediabetes take diet pills?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Not a good idea: In general, diet pills contain medication that is chemically related to amphetamines that tend to raise blood sugar. On the other hand, if the diet pills lead to significant weight loss that is good - as long as the pills are stopped as soon as the weight is lost.
Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul
General Surgery 33 years experience
BMI >27: The current recommendation for weight loss medications (diet pills) in patients with impaired glucose tolerance (pre diabetes) is if the ratio of your weight in kg to the square of your height in meters is greater than 27kg/m2.

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Last updated Nov 9, 2014

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