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What are the various opinions about the Plexus Slim weight loss product?

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Health professionals, such as Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical editor for ABC, advise caution about Plexus Slim. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the weight loss supplement, which has not been the subject of independent clinical trials as of 2015, reports KATV.

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Endorsements of Plexus Slim by those who do not work for its maker, Plexus Worldwide, or sell the product as "ambassadors" are difficult to find. Its advocates report substantial weight loss since beginning to take the supplement, perhaps attributable to suppressed appetite, as reported by FOX10tv.com and KATV.

The FDA does not regulate products that are advertised as supplements rather than drugs, but in July 2014, KATV reports, it warned Plexus Worldwide that some of its claims about its products' health effects suggested that they were meant to be used as drugs and should be regulated as such. Plexus Worldwide has since come into compliance with FDA standards for the marketing of supplements.

Registered dietitian Molly Kimball, writing on NOLA.com, admits that some ingredients in Plexus Slim do have demonstrated positive effects on blood sugar, appetite or weight loss; however, she also notes that the ingredients can cause negative effects such as nausea and headache and even interfere with the effects of medications. She does not recommend Plexus Slim, pointing to the uncertainty about its effectiveness and its relatively high price.

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