A new treatment for type 2 diabetes may prevent the daily intake of insulin injections, and the most interesting point of this new treatment is that this not only takes just about an hour, but also according to the tests, is able to guarantee the normalization of sugar levels for at least one year.
The treatment was tested in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by a group of 50 patients, and is based in the destruction of the mucous membrane located in the small intestine, causing the body to produce a new one. Through this method, scientists have succeeded in stabilizing sugar levels in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, and they have considered the results not only incredible but also unexpected.
The process, which takes about an hour, involves inserting a tube with a small balloon at its end through the patient’s mouth into the small intestine, the balloon is then filled with warm water, and the mucous membrane disappears due to the thermal reaction, and after about two weeks of the procedure, the body finishes the formation of the new membrane, leading to an improvement of the health of the subject.
Even more than a year after the procedure, the scientists evaluated that patients would be stabilized at a rate of about 90% due to the believed link between nutrient absorption and the mucous membrane in our gut, and the difficulty in producing insulin for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes.
The researchers also believe that in some cases this treatment may allow patients suffering from this type of diabetes to stop being dependent on insulin injections, and according to one of the study’s authors and a professor of gastroenterology at the Amsterdam UMC, Jacques Bergman, very normal blood sugar levels could be detected on the very next day after the treatment, which led them to move forward with the study.
Bergman further believes that treatment can become a permanent solution to this type of problem, since after treatment and to date most patients who have undergone, simply have no longer need to inject insulin, and adds that people treated may also gain a boost in the immune system as well as decrease the risks of diseases associated with type 2 diabetes.