Current statistics note that more than 34 million people across the US have a form of diabetes. Insulin has been used as the default treatment for diabetes for more than 100 years, but price hikes have forced patients to search for alternative solutions.
Some citizens travel to nearby countries like Canada and Mexico, where the price of insulin is considerably lower. Others have faced serious risks or even died after they decided to rationalize insulin doses, so they will last for a longer time.
A new procedure developed by a team of scientists could improve the life of millions of people with Type 2 Diabetes as it could help the body to produce and manage insulin levels in a natural way. The procedure isn’t complicated, and it won’t require hospitalization.
The new procedure has been called duodenal mucous resurfacing, or DMR, and it involves the insertion of a catheter into the duodenum, which is the first segment of the intestine. With the help of this catheter, the mucous cells which influence diabetes can be destroyed, favoring the appearance of healthy cells.
A recent trial which took place in the Netherlands has revealed a promising potential, as three-quarters of people with type 2 diabetes didn’t need to use insulin within six months after the procedure took place. Notable BMI reductions were also observed as well as a lower percentage of liver fat.
The DMR technique was developed after some observations showed that people who opted for a gastric bypass realized that their type 2 diabetes was cured. Researchers observed that bariatric surgeries were able to influence and cure type 2 diabetes even if it didn’t target the pancreas, suggesting that the gut could play a major role in the appearance and development of the disease.
A paper was published in a scientific journal.