Medical Breakthroughs Reported by Ivanhoe.com. Click here to go to the homepage.
Be the First to Know. Click here to subscribe FREE!
Search Reports: Use quotation marks around your multi-word search terms in the box below to perform search of Ivanhoe.com.
Advances in health and medicine.Use " marks around search terms
 
What's New
News Flash
Discussion
healthchannelnews
  Alternative Health
Arthritis
Asthma & Allergies
Autism
Breast Cancer
Cancer
Cardiovascular Health
Children's Health
Dental Health
Diabetes
Fertility & Pregnancy
Men's Health
Mental Health
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurological Disorders
Nutrition & Wellness
Orthopedics
Pet Health
Robotics
Seniors' Health
Sports Medicine
Vision
Women's Health
Advances in health and medicine.
Click here to sign up for Medical Alerts!
Click below to access other news from Ivanhoe Broadcast News.
  Click here to get Ivanhoe's Medical Headline RSS feed Click here to listen to Ivanhoe's Medical Podcasts
Useful Links
Play It Again, Please
E-Mail a Friend
Order Books Online
Inside Science
Smart Woman
Advances in health and medicine.
Smart Woman Home
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Smart Woman Home
Advances in health and medicine.
Click below to learn about Ivanhoe.
  Awards
About Us
Contact Us
Employment
Feedback
Ivanhoe FAQ
Our TV Partners
Travel Calendar
Advances in health and medicine.
Ivanhoe celebrates 20 years of medical news reporting reaching nearly 80 million TV households each week. Click here to learn more...
Advances in health and medicine.
Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
Publisher/President
Advances in health and medicine.
Advertisement
Diabetes Channel
Reported February 12, 2014

Done With Diabetes: No Meds—No Surgery

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- More than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese and more than 23 million have type 2 diabetes. Now, there’s a treatment that could fight both of these common health problems.

A couple of years ago, Gale Johnson got a diagnosis she feared would come—type 2 diabetes.

“I have a list of medications that I take,” Gale told Ivanhoe.

Patients like Gale might not need meds at all! Doctors at Washington University are studying the EndoBarrier for type2 diabetes.

“It’s essentially doing the same kind of thing that you would get from surgery,” Shelby Sullivan, MD, Gastroenterologist, Washington University in St. Louis, told Ivanhoe.

Doctors insert the plastic-like device through a tube, passed through the mouth and stomach into the first part of the small intestines.  When food passes, the EndoBarrier forms a barrier between it and digestive enzymes in the intestine. Researchers believe the device may also alter hormone signals in the digestive tract.

“It’s affecting metabolism in a way that it’s improving diabetes,” Dr. Sullivan said.

The device is already approved in Europe, Australia, Chile, and Israel, but is still in clinical trials in the U.S. In previous studies, patients experienced a weight loss of about 20 percent and improved their hemoglobin A1c levels by two points.

“That helps a diabetic because it’s getting their blood sugar under control. So, it actually may help them get off medication,” Dr. Sullivan said.

Currently, the device is being placed in patients for just one year and is then taken out. However, Dr. Sullivan says the patients previously studied still saw long-term effects even after it was removed.  Risks are extremely rare, but include poking a hole in the small intestine and blockages in the intestines.  MORE.

More Information

Click here for additional research on Done With Diabetes: No Meds—No Surgery

Click here for Ivanhoe's full-length interview Dr. Shelby Sullivan

If this story or any other Ivanhoe story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Marjorie Bekaert Thomas, mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

 

Related Articles in Latest Medical News:

 
 
 Doctor Contact
 
 
 
  Subscribe
Medical Alerts!
 

[ Back to Diabetes Channel Home ]

EDITOR'S CHOICE
Advertisement

Follow Us On:

Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Twitter page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Facebook page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's YouTube page

Home | What's New | News Flash | Search/Latest Medical News | E-Mail Medical Alerts!
Ivanhoe FAQ | Privacy Policy | Our TV Partners | Awards | Useful Links | Play It Again, Please
RSS Feeds | Advertising/Sponsorships | Content Syndication | Reprints

Advances in health and medicine.
webdoctor@ivanhoe.com
Copyright © 2014 Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc.
2745 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 740-0789

P.O. Box 865
Orlando, Florida 32802

Premium Content in Latest Medical News Denotes Premium Content in Latest Medical News