Two sisters try pill that claims to curb cravings


Posted on May 25, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Updated Thursday, May 26 at 2:10 PM

Meg Farris / Eyewitness Medical Reporter

A new supplement recently hit the market and the makers announced it will control your blood sugar and make it easier to lose weight.

So we asked two local women to try it, and doctors to check it out.
Two sisters, four years apart, and one goal, to lose weight.
"It wasn't until more recently that when I started having to take medicine, things like that, that I noticed, okay, wow, I've really let it get out of control," said Kristie James, 35, of Marrero.
"My sister and I have been talking about losing weight together for a longtime," said Kellie Hobbs, 31, of New Orleans.
Both sisters have struggled with weight for years. So we asked Hobbs and James, if they would try the latest supplement to hit the national market, a supplement that claims with its five-star rating, to lower your glucose or blood sugar naturally, better than the most commonly prescribed drug for type 2 diabetics, giving you total sugar control. GC7X Surge says it's the first and only product in the marketplace targeting all seven pathways of carbohydrate metabolism.
"At first I was skeptical, but after a little while of taking it, I realized that not only did I not crave as many carbs, because I usually like bread and everything, but I felt full for a long time," said Hobbs.
"I love the ice creams, you know, just sandwiches. This is New Orleans. We love po' boys, so you know I started noticing all of a sudden that that craving just wasn't there," said James.
Neither sister has diabetes, but in the month since James started GC7X Surge, she says she is down eight pounds towards her goal to lose 120 pounds. And Hobbs says her clothes went down a size towards her goal to lose 30 pounds. Both sisters say they are inspired now and have begun a walking program and eat more healthful food.  James is even cutting back on the cokes and drinking zero calorie citrus flavored water.
Hobbs says this new supplement is making it easier to watch the volume of food she eats.
"Yeah I think it does, because I find that I don't have as much of an appetite as I did before," she said.  
"I didn't even notice it at first until I said, 'Well wait a minute, the bread is still sitting up there and I haven't touched it in a while. Why is that you know?'" said James.
Hobbs got clearance from her doctor to try this new supplement, but Weight Loss Wednesday wanted M.D. validation as well. Since GC7X Surge is supposed to control blood sugar and there is a high rate of diabetes here, we turned to the chief of endocrinology at Tulane who is also the president-elect of the American Diabetes Association.
"I'm not convinced that there is enough data on this particular one," said Dr. Vivian Fonseca about the seven pathways of carbohydrate metabolism that the company says GC7X Surge works on.
And that's what other doctors and fitness experts said. While it seems safe to take, and the company lists ingredients, it won't give the formulation of those ingredients. And it won't reveal the scientific study results it claims are overwhelmingly good.
"The results of the human clinical studies were so phenomenal that details of the positive results and this underlined will not be noted on the GC7X Surge website or openly published," said East Jefferson General Hospital Fitness Expert Mackie Shilstone reading from the GC7X Surge website. "That's a problem for me. If your results are that good and that outstanding and you won't publish them because they are too outstanding, I don't know, put them out there and let's judge it."  
"I went to some other journals, like diabetic journals, obesity journals, there's no data in any of them that's published in good clinical trials. So and I agree with Mackie, I mean show, I'll be happy to evaluate your product but show  me the data that really says it works," said Dr. Kim Edward LeBlanc, the head of LSU Health Sciences Center's Department of Family Medicine.  
The sisters say the caffeine in the GC7X Surge is not making them jittery. It's about the amount in nearly two cups of coffee. Doctors say the rest of the ingredients come from plants.
And while they caution that people with high thyroid, heart or blood pressure problems should always check with a doctor before going on a supplement, Dr. Fonseca says that if it makes patients proactive about their health and weight, take it. But in the meantime, he says there is something everyone can do that is proven to help.
"Simple lifestyle changes, walking 30 minutes a day and reducing your weight by a few pounds, by a small amount of calorie restriction can reduce your risk of diabetes by 60 percent and that is something that can be done by everybody," said Dr. Fonseca.
Dr. Fonseca says if you try this GC7X Surge supplement, be sure to monitor your blood sugar and weight so that if it does work, you can tell your doctor in case your medicine needs to be adjusted.