My sister is 26, she weighs probably 300-350. She was diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance. She see numerous specialists. During her gyn appointment they noted some heart arithmias. So she was reffered to a Family Physician (until now she did not ahev one, just a group of specialists) and scheduled for an EKG. The EKG was normal. The family doctor she was refferred to is going to be board certified next month in bariatric weight loss management and is already board certified in family practice. So she is a real MD. But she has recommended weekly injections, appetite suppresants (hollistic stuff), low glycemic meal plan and exercise 20-30 min 4 times a week. The exercise and the low glycemic nutrtion make sense. I am a little worried about the injections and the hollistic supplements.
Here's what sent up BIG RED
flags for me she said patients that are diabetic and prediabetic lose about 13-15 pounds a month on her program (for those who are my sisters weight) and non diabetics have lost up to 27 pounds a month. These injections are of adenosine. This is what the pamphlet from the dr. said:
Adenosine is a naturally occuring protein that is involved in the process of energy production and proper fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Adenosine injections were initially used to treat chronic fatigue. However, it was noticed that these patients were losing body fat and had decreased edema. Further research discovered that adenosine causes fat cells to release stored fat to be burned as energy. THe majority of patients report a decrease in weight and an increase in energy. THis is why the injections of adenosine are the foundation of this weight loss program. The more doctors used adenosine it was discovered that the addition of vitamin B12 and B Complex enhanced both weight loss and energy production effect of the adenosine
I understand my sister has not seen a dr. specifically for weight loss, though it has been discussed with each of her specialists. I also understand PCOS and insulin resistance are complex. But everyone of her doctors have told her weight loss is imperitive. Why then have NONE recomended this Adeonisine? Why can't we find any solid information on it online? If it is so great why isn't it being used more?
So my question is have any of you heard of it? Do you know how to find out if it has been FDA approved for weight loss. If this dr. is perscribing it for that is she stepping over the bounds or doing anything unethical? Where can you find reliable information about drugs? Anything I find online is "who doo quick weightloss let us sell you something stuff". Or where they are using Adenosine triphosphate to increase the bulk of cancer patients.
My sister is scheduled to see her endocrinologist, and a cardiologist soon. Before injections begin. She is so over weight this is life and death. She is considering surgery but if this non surgical method works then great. Seems a bit "witch doctory" to me. Then again this lady is a doctor I am not.
I have a scanned copy of the pamphlet but it is too large to attach.
I am really concerned for her. Is this the real miricle we're looking for or is it just another scam? How do you find medical research done on a drug? Anybody ever take for CFS? So many questions and so few answers.