Indication: Lomaira™ (phentermine hydrochloride USP) 8 mg tablets, CIV is a prescription medicine used for a short period of time (a few weeks) for weight reduction and should be used together with regular exercise and a reduced-calorie diet. Lomaira is for adults with an initial BMI* of 30 or more or 27 or more with at least one weight-related medical condition such as controlled high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. The limited usefulness of this drug class (anorectics), including Lomaira, should be measured against possible risk factors inherent in their use.

Reduce Cancer Risk With a Healthy Diet

Many of us know that being overweight is a risk factor in developing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, but a recent article in Science Daily states that diet and obesity can also be linked to approximately one-third of cancer cases. It concludes that those who are obese are more prone to certain cancers including breast, colorectal, ovarian, and pancreatic.

 

What is it about obesity that triggers the production of these types of cancer cells? Some researchers believe an unhealthy diet that contains an abundance of processed and red meats, bad carbohydrates–such as highly processed foods and sugary drinks–and too much or not enough calcium plays a major role.

 

Although there is no proven link between eating particular foods and developing certain cancers, adjusting one’s diet will decrease the odds of getting these cancers while enabling weight loss. Following are some dietary suggestions to help combat obesity and reduce cancer risk.

 

Make Low Glycemic Index Choices

Healthy diets include foods that are low on the glycemic index (GI)–a numbers-based directory that measures the rate that food is converted to sugar in the blood. Consuming good carbohydrates which fall at the bottom of the GI–such as beans, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes–has been associated with a lower risk of developing both prostate and colorectal cancers.

 

There are ways to avoid foods high on the index and still get the tastes you crave. Eating whole fruits, such as apples, vs. drinking apple juice is a great example. Apples are high in fiber and low on the glycemic index. Choose a whole potato instead of mashed potatoes and if you want pasta, cook it al dente.

 

It’s important to note that the GI value should not be the only consideration when choosing a food. Dark chocolate has a low GI designation of 23, yet should only be eaten in moderation. In addition, fat tends to lower the rating on the GI scale so always consider the total nutritional value of a food and how it fits into a balanced diet.

 

Consume Lots of Fiber

Eating a diet rich in fiber is a great way to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, help one feel full, and give the body a useful tool to regulate function. One of the cancers found to be reduced by eating a high fiber diet is colorectal. Studies have shown that high fiber helps to push waste (which can contain carcinogens) out of the body quicker, giving it less time to settle in the colon. Additionally, when the body breaks down fiber in the digestive tract, it produces a substance that may inhibit the growth of tumors in the colon and rectum.

 

Fiber is also thought to reduce the risk of other cancers including breast, mouth, throat, esophageal, and possibly prostate.

 

In addition, eating foods high in fiber can help one eat less without feeling hungry or deprived, leading to weight loss and decreased risk of obesity-related cancers. In order to receive the maximum benefit of a fiber-rich diet, it’s important to drink plenty of water and increase fiber intake slowly to allow the body to adjust.

 

Eat a Colorful Diet

Eating a diet rich in color is one of the best things to do to stay healthy and reduce cancer risk. Naturally occurring chemicals in plants that give foods color and flavor, known as phytochemicals, can aid the body to:

  • Bolster the immune system and reduce inflammation
  • Aid in repairing and preventing damage to DNA
  • Prevent consumed foods from becoming carcinogenic
  • Help kill off damaged cells prior to reproducing
  • Slow cancer cell growth

 

When planning a healthy diet, be sure to include a variety of colorful and flavorful foods, the stronger, the better! Click here for more information and a guide to phytochemicals.

 

Maximize Benefits Through Proper Preparation

Eating the right foods only helps if they are prepared in a way that maximizes their cancer fighting benefits and minimizes the creation of carcinogens. Replacing processed vegetables with raw is a great way to maintain their vitamins and minerals. If cooked vegetables are preferable, just steaming until tender will help maintain the food’s integrity.

 

Also, charring when barbequing even the healthiest protein can produce carcinogens as can cooking oils or fat on high heat.

 

There are many benefits to eating a healthy, balanced diet. Researchers are still looking into the links between some foods and certain cancers; however, there is a strong consensus that a diet containing unsaturated fats, high fiber, and good carbohydrates is a proven tool to reduce the risk of developing many types of cancer.

 

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INDICATION
Lomaira™ (phentermine hydrochloride USP) 8 mg tablets, CIV is a prescription medicine used for a short period of time (a few weeks) for weight reduction and should be used together with regular exercise and a reduced-calorie diet. Lomaira is for adults with an initial BMI* of 30 or more (obese) or 27 or more (overweight) with at least one weight-related medical condition such as controlled high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. The limited usefulness of this drug class (anorectics), including Lomaira, should be measured against possible risk factors inherent in their use.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Don’t take Lomaira™ if you have a history of cardiovascular disease (e.g., coronary artery disease, stroke, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure or uncontrolled high blood pressure); are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor drug (MAOI) within the past 14 days; have overactive thyroid, glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes), agitation or a history of drug abuse; are pregnant, nursing, or allergic to the sympathomimetic amines such as phentermine or any of the ingredients in Lomaira.

Taking phentermine with other drugs for weight loss is not recommended. Primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), a rare fatal lung disease, has been reported in patients who had taken a combination of phentermine and fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine for weight loss. The possible association between phentermine use alone and PPH cannot be ruled out. Patients should report immediately if they experience any decrease in the amount of exercise that they can normally tolerate, shortness of breath, chest or heart pain, fainting or swelling in the lower legs.

Serious heart valve problems or disease have been reported in patients taking a combination of phentermine and fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine for weight loss. The possible role of phentermine has not been established, therefore the possibility of an association between heart valve disease and the use of phentermine alone cannot be ruled out.

If your body becomes adjusted to the maximum dose of phentermine so that its effects are experienced less strongly, the maximum dose should not be exceeded in an attempt to increase the effect.

Caution is advised when engaging in potentially hazardous activity such as driving or operating machinery while taking phentermine. Phentermine has the potential to be abused. Keep Lomaira in a safe place to prevent theft, accidental overdose, misuse or abuse. Using alcohol with phentermine may result in an adverse drug reaction.

Phentermine can cause an increase in blood pressure. Tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, even if it’s mild. If you are taking medicines for type 2 diabetes, your doctor may have to adjust these medicines while taking phentermine.

Some side effects of phentermine that have been reported include pulmonary hypertension, valvular heart disease, palpitations, increased heart rate or blood pressure, insomnia, restlessness, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation and changes in sexual drive. These are not all of the potential side effects of phentermine. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

To report negative side effects of prescription drugs, contact FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or visit www.fda.gov/medwatch.

*Body Mass Index (BMI) measures the amount of fat in the body based on height and weight. BMI is measured in kg/m2.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Don’t take Lomaira™ if you have a history of cardiovascular disease (e.g., coronary artery disease, stroke, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure or uncontrolled high blood pressure); are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor drug (MAOI) within the past 14 days; have overactive thyroid, glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes), agitation or a history of drug abuse; are pregnant, nursing, or allergic to the sympathomimetic amines such as phentermine or any of the ingredients in Lomaira.