The HCG Diet is Dangerous For the Heart

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Quick and easy weight loss…think again! When it comes to weight loss, there is no such thing as quick, safe and easy--otherwise all of us would never have to diet or go to the gym. The HCG diet is one of the fad diets like the Atkins or the tapeworm diet.

The following is some basic information about the HCG diet and its potential problems:

The basics of the diet : People on this diet typically do a daily injection of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a pregnancy hormone, combined with a fat-free, 500 calorie per day diet. It is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for weight loss. There is no reliable evidence of weight loss, fat redistribution, decreased appetite, or improved mood. Possible side effects include ovarian hyperstimulation, swelling, ovarian cyst rupture, multiple births, headache, irritability, depression, fatigue, restlessness, clots in the arteries, and allergic reactions. Individuals with heart disease, kidney disease, seizure disorders, migraines and asthma should be warned about taking this, as it may worsen their condition.

The problems: Proponents of this diet say that this pregnancy hormone and fertility drug redistributes fat, decreases hunger and improves mood in women. This has not been proven. The probable weight loss is due to the low-fat, low calorie diet. There are concerns about possible loss of protein from vital organs and nutritional deficiencies. The starvation which occurs can decrease minerals and cause an electrolyte imbalance. These electrolytes are needed for proper heart function. Heart disease may worsen or a heart attack may occur.

Think about it: On this diet, you will pay money to suffer on the 500 calories a day for about a month, you will probably be moody, you may damage your body, you may gain the weight back and you definitely will make someone else rich.

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So, could someone do this diet including vitamin and minerals supplements? that would keep the balance

August 21, 2015 - 7:19pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Yes, a high quality supplement really helps with one's stamina. If you are drinking lots of water, make certain you are faithful about replacing lost minerals. Research your supplements, and adjust for your bodies peculiarities. I always read the professional research, then I go find as much anecdotal information as possible. Best of Luck!

August 31, 2015 - 6:13am
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This is my personal experience of HCG. Firstly, I neither believe nor disbelieve. The protocol is not a religion. I simply required results, which HCG produced. Unexpected benefits were a return of my hourglass shape, and an immense decrease in a 14 year chronic pain issue related to a crushing back injury. Anyone who claims the protocol is easy has obviously never tried it. While it produces results, it is extremely challenging, and requires commitment and flexibility. I had no need to tell any of my social circle about it, and in fact, was hesitant since I was ordering from overseas. Everyone who knew me demanded to know what was going on with my increased health. Do not necessarily listen only to health care professionals, who are force fed 'the canon' in medical school and never recover their open mind. Do your research thoroughly. Vet your sources thoroughly.

May 7, 2015 - 4:16pm
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For all those who actually "believe" (btw, believing something doesn't make it true) the hcg protocol is detrimental and has caused death to a loved one, feel free to provide any scientific evidence or medically determined proof that death was actually caused from the hcg protocol. Otherwise you should know.... that's a pretty unfounded accusation w absolutely no evidence -- simply an anecdotal story, a suspicion, an opinion, a scare tactic and heresy.

rule #1 "correlation doesn't equate causation"
absolutely NO evidence

April 28, 2015 - 2:56pm
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I am a real person who tried the HCG Diet. The HCG injection were prescribed by a real doctor that actually delivered my children a few years ago. I followed the injections as ordered and the diet (500 calories) as prescribed. I drank plenty of water. After about 10 or 11 days I awoke one morning with my heart racing and irregular. I went to my hospital ER and was found to be in an irregular rhythm called atrial flutter with a rapid ventricular response. My heart rate was jumping from 150 to 300. I had NEVER had any heart issues in the past. My potassium was too low from such a strict intake and a fast loss of weight and fluid. This was not resolved until my potassium was replaced with medication and I underwent an ablation 2 days later. The real cardiologist asked me why I would take something just wasn't FDA approved. That's a good question! Why did I and why did my real doctor prescribe it? Maybe it's the enrollment fee and other fees that they make while the patient is being a guinea pig on this diet. The diet is the only thing to which my cardiologist can attribute my medical. condition. Since then I, of course, stopped the diet and will not be using it ever again. Sure, you can mimic a lot of hormones that the human body makes, but the body does not need more than it makes and you definitely don't need a pregnancy hormone when you're not pregnant. Let's us use our brain...not FDA approved, no real reporting processes are required or in place, so no organized information about all of the cases where people get sick, and yes, some die! Don't do it!!

April 28, 2015 - 2:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

My heart was racing too. The doctors did a blood work up and it was obvious that it had depleted so many critical nutrients in my body. I am seen for regular check ups and there was no doubt the diet caused this. Has anybody sued because of the what this has done to them?

August 29, 2015 - 4:12pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

So if you had an ablation, how can they attribute the diet to your condition? I understand your potassium dropped, and low potassium can contribute to an arrhythmia. But if that were your only issue, what is there to ablate? They did an ablation, so you had an underlying problem. You likely would have gone into atrial fibrillation at some point anyway.

August 29, 2015 - 12:50pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for posting this. Your story sounds like mine. My doctor wanted to know why I would do such a dangerous diet. Stupidity was the best answer I could give him. This is a starvation diet. When you starve yourself, you lose weight but you also can have terrible side effects too. I am really tired of reading about all the people who sell this diet and continuously say how safe it is. It is not. I have the doctor's bills to prove it.

May 4, 2015 - 3:48pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I am a real person and I can say that this diet changed my life immensely to the good. I did follow an intense supplement regime as well.

I felt so good during the diet and did not suffer while sticking to the 500 calories.

I followed it a second time; did not follow the supplement guidelines and I am having an irregular heartbeat.

Shoes how important the supplements are.

September 30, 2015 - 12:32pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm sorry you had an adverse reaction, but whether you believe it or not, you are an exception to the rule. Thousands have reaped the rewards from this protocol and I'm personally very grateful for having lost my weight through the HcG protocol. As far as I'm concerned it saved my life. I guess we will just have to agree to disagree about what is safe and what isn't. My doctor/your doctor, my experience/your experience. Btw, did you say something about FDA approval? Oh yeah... right... I trust the FDA. The same gov. org. that approves pharmaceutical drugs... drugs that kill thousands of innocent and trusting people every year. No thanks.,000_americans_die_each_year_fro...

Dr. Sanjeev Patel a cardiologist who appeared on the Dr. Oz show said, he himself was an HcG patient and was successful. He further stated that: When he weighed the risks of being obese against the low dose of HcG, he maintained that it was well worth it. Regarding 500 calories -- lets not forget he stated, fasting has been, and still is, a large part of many cultures for centuries. In those cultures fasting is considered a courageous health and/or spiritual choice.

So there you have it... apparently not all cardiologists look to the FDA for approval.

April 28, 2015 - 10:54pm
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