The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now approved the diabetes drug Wegovy (semaglutide), previously okayed for diabetes, for weight loss. I wonder why? I was the consumer representative on the FDA advisory panel that voted to approve Wegovy (semaglutide) for diabetes. I voted for it reluctantly and only because the drug helped slightly improve life for those with diabetes.  A small weight loss is one benefit of Wegovy. Patients given Wegovy in clinical trials lost between five and 10 pounds. That’s helpful for a person with type-2 diabetes, but for the average person, it’s minor. The average weight of…

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The ‘Sugar Daddy’ episode is in ‘collaboration’ with Novo-Nordisk – maker of diabetes drugs – and minimizes the ways diet and exercise can help diabetics. Do you like the TV show black-ish? I do. It’s funny, and the acting is outstanding. But even better, every week the show uses its immense platform to educate the public on race issues. I admire the show and look forward to watching it. Imagine my outrage when I watched the episode about type 2 diabetes entitled “Sugar Daddy” and realized the show had sold out to a pharmaceutical company. Oops, sorry, the TV network…

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How adults with Attention-Deficit Disorder can create a structure that supports them instead of tripping them up Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse don’t need to be a lifetime sentence. Many people find they can taper off and end their dependence on drugs once they’ve created a structure that helps them concentrate. ADHD medicines can be used as a temporary tool to aid you in focus, while behavioral therapy teaches you life-management skills and techniques. In fact, many people have set a goal of getting off ADHD drugs because so little is known about their effects on the mind and body when…

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