Are diet drops safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to avoid human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight-loss products. These products are typically sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays, and can be found online, at weight loss clinics and in some retail stores.
What are the side effects of taking HCG drops?
Side effects have also been reported with the HCG diet and include fatigue, irritability, restlessness, depression, fluid buildup (edema), and swelling of the breasts in boys and men (gynecomastia). Another serious concern is the risk of blood clots forming and blocking blood vessels (thromboembolism).
Is HCG safe to take?
Experts say that the HCG diet is neither safe nor effective. The FDA advise people to avoid any over-the-counter (OTC) products that say that they contain HCG. HCG has FDA approval as a prescription medication for treating fertility issues, but they warn against using it for weight loss.
What does HCG do to your body?
HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is a protein-based hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman’s ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation. HCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women, and to increase sperm count in men.
Can hCG raise blood pressure?
Will HCG injections affect my blood pressure? The weight loss may cause a decrease in blood pressure. Blood pressure medication dose may need to be adjusted accordingly. Be sure to discuss this matter with our providers and your primary care physician.
Is HCG good for thyroid?
The highest levels of hCG are seen in the first trimester. This hormone can also bind to the thyroid gland and stimulate it, similar to TSH but much weaker. During pregnancy, hCG stimulates the thyroid gland of the pregnant mother to make more thyroid hormone, which is important for normal development of the baby.
How do HCG drops work?
Taking hCG puts the body in an anabolic state that is conducive to building muscle and burning fat. When your body is in starvation mode due to caloric restrictions, hCG allows the body to burn unwanted fat instead of burning muscle, so the weight that is lost during the diet is mostly fat.