I'm Doctor Anant Rahman , consultant , Endo Technology at Magna Clinic for obesity diabetes and endocrinology .
BT M second stage Bangalore as a practicing endocrinologist .
So I have come across many patients who want to gain weight or increase their weight by using drugs or uh tablets .
So there are inherent problems with such an approach .
Firstly , uh your BM I or body mass index or your natural weight itself is actually determined by your genetics and also by uh the environmental history .
What has happened to your nutrition in the past ?
Of course , if someone is underweight , uh we could try to improve their weight naturally by improving the nutrition by increasing the protein intake and making sure that appropriate micronutrients are given .
So , of course , there are over the counter supplements available as far as micronutrients are concerned , which may be helpful in order for someone to retain the micronutrient composition that is there in their diet .
So , but the concept of actually using endocrine treatment in order to gain weight may not be very attractive .
Uh firstly , if you are using testosterone to gain gain weight , it has got several adverse effects .
One of them being uh for a male .
If they use testosterone , there can be increase in breast size , gyma can be there .
Uh there could be uh increase in the blood count for the hematocrit may increase and uh cause uh various side effects including even stroke .
And also there can be abnormal lipid profile .
And uh in those who are middle aged and who want to gain weight and using testosterone , it may even precipitate a heart attack or a stroke directly .
So , coming to other methods of weight gain , of course , using the Glucocorticoid or a steroid , uh to gain weight , uh would actually cause abnormal proportioning of the weight .
The weight tends to gain around the face in the abdomen and causes stretch marks in the abdomen .
So these are some of the problems with using drugs for gaining weight and not using a proper nutritional approach for gaining weight .
Of course , the best way to gain weight would be to do weight bearing exercises , go to the gym and actually use your muscles and also take an appropriate nutritional advice for weight gain rather than resort to drug therapy .