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Are Blood Pressure Drugs Feeding the Obesity Epidemic?

The blood pressure drugs known as beta-blockers could be helping to fuel the obesity epidemic. Research has discovered that they dampen your body's ability to burn calories and fat over the long term.

Weight gain has long been known to be a known side effect of beta blockers. They are not the only medications that promote weight gain -- antidepressants, corticosteroids and some diabetes medications also do so. As obesity continues to be a worldwide epidemic, researchers are starting to look into the role that medications could be playing.

According to Reuters:

"In the new study ... researchers found that among more than 11,400 adults with high blood pressure and/or diabetes, those on beta-blockers weighed more, on average, and had larger waistlines."

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