Today U.S. Food and Drug Association urged consumers to stop buying a popular international dietary supplement, Hydroxycut, to avoid exposure to unnecessary risks.
The FDA received 23 serious health reports and notice of a death from consumers using the products. According to A FDA news release today , Linda Katz, M.D., interim chief medical officer of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition said “consumers should to stop using Hydroxycut products in order to avoid any undue risk.”
The release linked Hydroxycut with possible liver failure and jaundice among other things.
“Adverse events are rare, but exists,” she said in the release. “Consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with this product.”
The FDA is still trying to understand what combination of the chemical may have caused the death or liver failure. Other problems may include seizures; cardiovascular disorders and rhabomyolysis-muscle damage that can lead to kidney failure.
Hydroxycut response to the FDA report through a news release letter today saying, that the health issues where found in a relatively small amount compared to the millions that have used the product over a number of years, ” out of an abundance of caution and because consumer safety is our top priority we are voluntarily recalling these Hydroxycut-branded products.”
Hydroxycut is also offering refunds for products.
Samson 21, has been a trainer for the past seven years, says that fast weight-loss diet is not good for anyone.
“It takes time to gain weight and it takes time to lose weight,” he said. “No can become obese over night so don’t try to be skinny over night… Anyone taking dietary supplements is at risk for harmful side effects because it’s not natural.”
“The best way to lose weight or tone up is to go in the gym,” Samson said.
Some residents say they don’t use weight loss products at all. “I don’t try weight loss products because they may have bad side effects,” said Jamelle lacey 20, northwest student. “Nine out of ten times you end up gaining the weight back anyway.”
Monica Hampton, 25, Los Angeles sale representative has family members who’ve used Hydroxycut and over supplements in the past. “Those products change their body so much that it’s hard for them to maintain, gain or lose weight,” she said. “I always thought about the long term effects every time I was tempted to buy a product.”
Hydroxycut products, distributed by lovate Heath and Sciences Company in 70 countries around the world. The popular dietary supplements are marketed for weight loss and muscle gain through energy enhancers, muscle stimulators or water loss. According to the Wall Street Journal the company agrees to recall 14 of its products.