Pill May Make Gastric Bypass Surgery Unnecessary

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13 Jun 2018 08:18 AM EST

According to UPI, a preliminary study tested a new pill on rats for treating type 2 diabetes in obese patients.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital used the oral agent to allow food to be digested without being fully absorbed into the body.
The researchers used a substance that temporarily coats the intestine for a few hours, to prevent nutrients from lining the proximal bowel, which stops increases in blood sugar.
Although it is a preclinical trial study, the pill could make gastric bypass surgery unnecessary for obese patients with diabetes.
Known as bariatric surgery, in the invasive weight loss procedures the stomach is reduced to the size of an egg, while the lower intestine is brought up to meet the stomach.

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