Tiny Balloon Into the Gut Could Reverse Diabetes

A tiny balloon, inserted and filled with hot water, could help treat and even reverse diabetes. The simple solution may become available in the United Kingdom next year and could become available globally as well.

Aimed towards treating type 2 diabetes, the treatment can be completed in about an hour as an outpatient procedure. The procedure could also help those with chronic obesity to help reverse their trend without need of complicated surgeries.

A tiny balloon is used to "burn" the lower intestine.

This is a procedure that has effects similar to gut-reduction surgeries in which portions of the intestine are removed in order to reduce its efficiency.

The balloon, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted into the mouth, down the throat, through the stomach, and into the intestine with an endoscope. There it is inflated with very hot water, scalding the intestine's sides. It is then immediately deflated and re-inflated with cold water to stop the burning process. The result is about 10 centimeters of gut lining being rendered ineffective. This, in turn, alters the body's chemistry.

That alteration results in the ability to better absorb and process sugars. A trial in 2015 was followed up this year with the finding that most of those who underwent the experimental procedure were still experiencing benefits from it.

Some of those patients were diabetic and had their condition effectively reversed, with blood sugar levels returning to pre-diabetic norms soon after the procedure was done. The procedure is meant to replace drastic bariatric weight loss surgery as a safer alternative that is just as effective. The procedure, known as Revita, is now undergoing further trials in the final stage to acceptance in the United Kingdom. The trials this time are almost entirely made up of diabetics with severe conditions.

Source: DailyMail.co.uk

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