Why Has the UAE Banned Some Diet Pills?

03 June 2018

Lab Chat

Diet pills are taken by people that want to lose weight. But do you know what’s in them? In many cases, the answer is no. And it could include banned substances. The problem? It’s increasingly hard for countries to monitor the sale of these pills, which could cause serious health complications if taken. That’s why the UAE has issued a warning against a number of diet pills. Read on as we look at what pills are banned and why they’re such a problem.

Obesity and diet pills

Obesity has tripled worldwide since 1975, with more than 1.9 billion adults overweight, including 650 million obese. And, with obesity rates rising, it’s no surprise that people are looking at new ways of controlling their weight. The best way, as constantly reiterated by doctors, is to eat a balanced diet and exercise more.

But alongside, or sometimes as an alternative to this, people are turning to diet pills to help them lose weight. Diet pills have become more and more popular in recent years, with an estimated 15% of adults using them at some point. Some of these pills rely on completely natural ingredients – like caffeine or plant extracts – which speed up metabolisms or aid digestion. On the other hand, some contain banned substances…

Banned substances in diet pills

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant which has been banned in a number of countries over the past few years. Originally developed in the late 1980s, the substance has been found to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes along with a number of less serious side effects like raised blood pressure and nausea.

Despite this, it’s still found in several brands of diet pills. As one of many countries with a ban on sibutramine, the UAE has issued a warning against specific brands of diet pills that use the substance:

• 7 Day Slim
• Biotech Fat attack capsules
• Cani Slim
• Cani Slim Balance
• Cani Cap Arm Slim
• Dila Diet pills
• Perfect Slim
• Phil Diet regimen
• Slim Perfect Legs

Do not purchase, says Ministry

While diet pills aren’t on the same level as things like opioid drugs, they do pose a serious health risk to people across the world. That’s why it’s essential to check any medication before taking it. UAE residents should use the Ministry of Health website to check if their medication is on the approved medicine list.

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