Thursday, May 8, 2008
Medical Reports: Weight Loss Miracle
Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows it's not easy, but now a drug designed to help diabetics is having a surprising side effect. Seven's Lynn Martinez shows us how this medication is helping people shed pounds, and why they're calling it a Weight Loss Miracle!
WSVN -- The "Fat Boys" were literally huge in the 80s and early 90s, emerging as one of America's pioneering rap groups.
Former member Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales was big in talent and also size.
Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales: "Welcome to 103.5 The Beat, special edition of the Prince Markie Dee show!"
Mark is now the afternoon radio host at 103.5 The Beat. He remembers hanging with stars like Hulk Hogan and Rihanna at the MTV Music Video Awards while at his heaviest, 437 pounds.
Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales: "No wonder I couldn't breathe, no wonder I had sleep apnea, on the verge of having diabetes, heart disease."
Mark tried every diet on the market. He would lose weight but always gain more back.
Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales: "I didn't think I was going to live too long. I really honestly didn't."
Then a doctor told Mark about a drug called Symlin. It's injected, and it's designed to help diabetics control their blood sugar levels. But patients on the drug kept having a remarkable side effect: significant weight loss.
Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales: "What it does, it actually addresses appetite, appetite suppression and metabolism all at once."
So Dr. Neytman started giving Symlin to his patients who needed to lose weight.
Dr. Gene Neytman: "And the results have been very, very good. Anywhere between five to ten pounds per week."
Symlin works by making you feel full, so when you take it before a meal, instead of eating a full plate of food, you only want a much smaller portion.
Dr. Gene Neytman: "It's basically the form of a medical gastric bypass, if you will."
Johanna Johnson's weight ballooned to 215 pounds after the birth of her son.
Johanna Johnson: "I tried every diet possible, every pill that they show on TV, every shake, every bar, everything."
Two and a half months ago, she started taking Symlin. She gives herself two shots a day before meals.
Johanna Johnson: "I do it about 10 to 15 minutes prior to eating, and I just feel full, very full."
The pounds started coming off. So far she's dropped 29 pounds and loves her new body.
Johanna Johnson: "For me, it's a miracle, it's a dream come true, I'm a different person completely."
Mark has been taking Symlin for eight months, and so far he's lost more than 150 pounds. He takes two shots a day, eats small meals and says he doesn't feel deprived.
Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales: "It just makes me feel satisfied. I'm working, and I have to remind myself to eat all the time. It's like a miracle."
Mark now has a lot more energy behind the booth, and although he still remembers his time with the Fat Boys fondly, he's very glad he's no longer one of them!
Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales: "I feel honestly like I had a twin, a Siamese twin, and he was stuck to me, and I lost him."
Right now, Symlin is FDA-approved for diabetes only. But the FDA is currently testing it as a weight loss drug and it is expected to hit the market in about a year. Though some doctors may prescribe it even if you don't have diabetes, as a weight loss drug, so you should check with your doctor.
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