Pua is a program which has been touted as a way to lose weight and lose fat in the shortest time possible.
But it’s also been linked to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
So how effective is it?
The ABC has researched Pua programs in Australia and has found that they have been linked with weight loss, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
The programs are run by the Heart Health Centre in Hobart.
The program aims to help people lose weight by increasing activity and getting people to exercise.
But experts say it is not as effective as a diet and weight loss plan.
What is Pua?
The program is designed to encourage people to take a daily dose of a drug called liraglutide, or L-theanine, and a daily injection of a protein called a casein peptide called casein.
The peptide is produced in the pancreas and then released into the blood stream.
Pua uses a pill, called a ‘pulley’, to deliver the protein, and then it is administered through a tube or syringe.
Pulleys are used for two purposes: they help people who are obese, or who have heart disease, to take the medication.
“It’s a very effective medication,” Dr Matthew Brown from the Hobart Heart and Stroke Centre said.
“The problem is that it’s only effective for a short period of time and it can be addictive.”
What are the side effects?
Pulley side effects include: headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea.
The drug itself can be uncomfortable for some people, as can the injection itself.
Dr Brown said Pua can cause a “slight” headache and “a bit of diarrhoea”.
“We do have some very mild side effects, but they’re mild, they’re not severe,” he said.
What can you expect from Pua in Australia?
Pua has been used for about a decade in Australia.
However, Dr Brown said it was not a new drug and it was safe.
“Pullettes are not considered new drugs,” he explained.
“There are other drugs that are also used in the United States and they’re all approved by the Food and Drug Administration.”
We don’t have any concerns at all about it.
“Why is Pau a drug?
Dr Brown explained that Pua was developed as a dietary supplement for people with type 2 diabetes.”
People with type 1 diabetes and type 2 hypertension have increased insulin levels in the blood,” he told the ABC.”
That can lead to increased insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels.
“If you increase your insulin levels, that can lead you to a lot of complications with diabetes.”
What is a Pua injection?
An injection of Pau is a prescription medication for people aged between 16 and 55.
Pau is usually given by injection, but Dr Brown recommends using a pylorally or intra-abdominal device to administer it.
“You inject the medication into the stomach, and as the blood goes into the pancrea, it gets pumped up into the abdomen,” he added.
“Then it gets taken up through the intestines and it then goes into your bloodstream.”
What does Pua contain?
Pau contains protein and amino acids.
“Basically it’s the same as a standard amino acid supplement,” Dr Brown explained.
He said the peptide was usually administered via a syringe, but there were also different kinds of pyloric devices available.
“A common type is a small round tube,” he recalled.
“And you inject it into your arm, and you take it through your arm and then you inject that into your stomach.”
What if I don’t take it?
Dr John Brown explained Pua injections were not designed to be taken in larger amounts.
“These pylors can be used for a number of purposes, but the primary purpose is to administer the protein and the amino acids into the bloodstream and then into the muscles,” he noted.
“So you might have an injection where you’ve given a capsule to yourself and you’ve taken a capsule and you’re taking a dose and you get a small dose and then the next capsule is a larger dose.”
What happens after I take Pua?
“Pua injections are usually administered at the end of a diet plan.”
This is when you give the medication,” he advised.”
Once the medication is administered, it’s taken out of the bloodstream.
“Within a day or two, it passes through your liver and then travels into the brain where it’s converted to a caseins peptide.”
In that way, you’re basically getting the protein that is in your diet, and the caseins that are being broken down, but then the casein is also broken down.
“What about other supplements?
The Food and Pharmaceuticals Act requires all supplements sold in Australia to contain at least one active ingredient.”
All supplements must have a claim for their effectiveness and efficacy