Meg Farris /Eyewitness Medical Reporter
Anew supplement recently hit the marketand the makers announced it will control your blood sugar and make it easier to lose weight.
Sowe asked two local women to try it, anddoctors to check it out.
Two sisters,four years apart,and one goal,to lose weight.
'It wasn't until more recently that whenI started having to take medicine, things like that, thatI noticed, okay, wow,I've really let it get out of control,' said Kristie James, 35, of Marrero.
'My sister andI 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 askedHobbs and James, if they would try the latest supplement to hit the national market,a supplement that claims with itsfive-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 allseven pathways of carbohydrate metabolism.
'At firstI was skeptical, but after a little while of taking it,I realized that not only didI not crave as manycarbs, becauseI usually like bread and everything, butI felt full for a long time,' said Hobbs.
'I love the ice creams, you know, just sandwiches. This is NewOrleans. We lovepo' boys, so you knowI started noticing all of a sudden that that craving just wasn't there,' said James.
Neither sister has diabetes, but in the month sinceJames startedGC7X Surge,she says she is downeight pounds towards her goal to lose 120 pounds.AndHobbs 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.
'YeahI think it does, becauseI find thatI don't have as much of an appetite asI did before,' she said.
'I didn't even notice it at first untilI said, 'Well wait a minute, the bread is still sitting up there andI 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 LossWednesday wantedM.D. validation as well. SinceGC7X Surge is supposed to control blood sugarand thereis a high rate of diabetes here, we turned to the chief of endocrinology atTulane who is also the president-elect of theAmerican 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 saysGC7X 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 theGC7X Surge website or openly published,' said East JeffersonGeneral Hospital Fitness Expert MackieShilstone reading from theGC7X 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 andI agree withMackie,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 theGC7X 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 thisGC7X Surge supplement,be sure to monitor your blood sugar and weight so that if it does work, you cantell your doctor in case your medicine needs to be adjusted.