A new treatment promises to eliminate, once and for all, insulin injections in diabetic patients
A group of researchers belonging to the University Medical Center of Amsterdam in the Netherlands discovered a treatment, published by the website AD , in which 90% of positive results have been obtained in order to reduce the amount of drugs and eliminate, in the future, insulin injections in patients suffering from type II diabetes.
Annieke van Baar, the lead researcher and who led the project says that "Now we are doing a second study and we will have to wait for the results, but we are optimistic". The task, carried out together with the gastroenterologist Jacques Bergman, took more than 4 years of preliminary research and, fortunately, they are arriving at very positive results.
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What is the treatment?
It is an endoscopy that introduces a small balloon that inflates in the area of the duodenum. It is filled with hot water for 10 seconds reaching 95ºC. This is done 5 times in different places of the organ. As a result, the mucous layer that lines the small intestine burns. In this regard van Baar states that "the body generates a new mucous layer in a healthier and receptive way than insulin".
The study was tested on 50 patients who took medicines to treat their type II diabetes and were likely to need insulin in the near future.
After one year of the intervention, 45 of the 50 patients obtained a very positive result, as their glucose levels stabilized and the figures also dropped. This, as a consequence, meant that insulin injections and so many medicines were not necessary.
According to Dr. van Baar, this treatment can help those patients who have taken insulin for less than 5 years and also those who suffer from type II diabetes and take medication. It is a great advance taking into account that the surgical intervention lasts only one hour and that the patient can improve their quality of life once and for all.
"It is a burden to have to inject and measure levels continuously, I believe that in this way patients can recover quality of life," the researcher concludes.
The investigation is still in the preliminaries. It is currently entering the second phase where the effect will be studied in 100 people from different parts of the world such as England, Brazil, Italy, Belgium and Holland.
This study is a great hope for those people who need medication to control their blood sugar levels for life. Even those who need to inject every day will find a great relief from the hassle of having to be on medication every day.
For now, the research is only in the first phase but perhaps, over time, it can become a mass treatment and be a solution for many diabetics.
Latin American Post | Marcela Antonacci
Copy edited by Vanesa López
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