The two often go hand in hand, obesity and type 2 diabetes, but here has never been a treatment that targets the pair of health problems together, until now. There is a new non-surgical treatment, called EndoBarrier, which creates a barrier between food consumed by the patient and the wall of the intestine, therefore delaying the mixing of digestive enzymes with the food.
The EndoBarrier is placed in the GI tract endoscopically (via the mouth), and as the digestion is delayed, the activation of hormonal signals that originate in the intestine are altered. This is very similar in which a gastric bypass works, but without the surgery, and therefore, without the surgical risks.
And the EndoBarrier is easy to remove after the necessary treatment period, taking only around 15 minutes.
Type 2 diabetes occurs in people whose body does not produce enough insulin in order to function properly, or if their body does not react to the insulin. Most people who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes will have type 2, in fact 90% have type 2, with this type affecting adults over 40, however, increasingly younger people are becoming more susceptible and obesity rates rise. And experts say that obesity is a major contributory factor in the development of Type 2 Diabetes.
Diabetes symptoms can include:
- feeling very thirsty
- urinating frequently, particularly at night
- feeling very tired
- weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Insulin is a hormone produced by part of the pancreas, and controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. It is responsible for moving the glucose from the blood into your cells, and it is here that it is turned into energy. If you have type 2 diabetes, you are not able to produce insulin and therefore you cannot maintain proper levels of glucose in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious health problem and if left untreated can lead to further complications, such as damaged blood vessels, nerves and organs.
The EndoBarrier treatment is suitable for people with a:
- BMI of over 27 and you are living with Type 2 Diabetes.
- BMI of over 27 and you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
- BMI of over 27 and you would like to lose weight.
- You meet all of the criteria and you are prepared to follow certain diet and lifestyle modifications.
The International Diabetes Federation has released figures that show more than 250 million people are living with diabetes, and worryingly it is expected that by the year 2025, this figure will increase to over 380 million people.
Moreover, every year more than 3.8 million people die from diabetes-related causes. The reasons people develop type 2 diabetes include high rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyles and even stress. And the figures for adult obesity are rising, according to the International Association for the Study of Obesity, who say there has been a steady increase since the 1980’s.
However, with the help of this non-surgical treatment, the effect of tackling obesity may have the added benefit of easing the type 2 diabetes, without the risk of major surgery.
For more information, we suggest you visit Endo Barrier UK.