Blood pressure meds feeding obesity epidemic?

March 11, 2011 1:41:32 PM PST
Blood pressure drugs known as beta blockers could be dampening the body's ability to burn calories and fat over the long term.

It's been known that weight gain is a side effect of beta blockers.

This study reported in Reuters health found that beta blockers lead to weight gain by curbing people's calorie expenditure.

So, authors say, people who are worried about weight gain may want to ask their doctor if they could use a different type of blood pressure medication or one of the newer beta blockers that seem to have less risk of weight gain.