Beta Blockers: A Risk for Decreased Metabolism?

Published:March 12th, 2011

Are you a hypertensive patient? Are you taking beta-blockers such as metoprolol, atenolol and propanolol for your health condition? If yes, there is one bad news for you. According to a new study conducted in St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and published in the February 2011 issue of the International Journal of Obesity, this group of nati-hypertensive medication may negatively affect the way your body handles your metabolism resulting in obesity.

In this study, the researchers learned that patients who take these medications have a greater tendency in decreasing their metabolism by 50% compared to placebo. Furthermore, patients who take beta-blockers were found to have a higher basal metabolic index values compared to their non-beta-blocker taking counterparts.

Thus, the researchers concluded that the energy expenditure and metabolism as a whole is greatly affected in chronic use of beta-blockers. And so, if you don’t want to gain weight while controlling your hypertension, better ask your physician to change your beta-blocker anti-hypertensive medication to something else. Or else, if beta-blocker is truly the best medication for your condition as evaluated by your physician, you have no other choice but to have a double effort to lose weight by having more physical activity and more strict dieting to keep your weight in the normal range.

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