The Challenge of Controlling Type 2 Diabetes and Weight
If you are trying to control your blood sugar levels and lose weight, you know how difficult this can be. Daily diabetes medications can initially work well, but often become less effective over time and can lead to significant weight gain. As the disease progresses, many people need increasing amounts and combinations of medications that can have side effects.
Another option some people consider is stomach surgery. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are serious risks to consider. Additionally, stomach surgery requires a hospital stay and lengthy recovery time, and involves irreversible changes to your stomach.
EndoBarrier is an investigational, non-surgical medical device designed to decrease blood sugar and body weight. EndoBarrier is a thin, flexible, tube-shaped liner that forms a physical barrier between the food you eat and a portion of the intestinal wall. It is designed to change the way the body responds to food, by altering the release of natural chemicals called hormones. This may help reduce appetite and improve the body’s ability to control blood sugar.
EndoBarrier is placed without incisions using a thin flexible tube called an endoscope. To place EndoBarrier, the endoscope is passed through the mouth and into the stomach. The EndoBarrier device is then precisely placed at the beginning of the small intestine. The EndoBarrier procedure is reversible and does not alter the body’s natural anatomy. EndoBarrier is designed to stay in place for one year to help you manage your blood sugar and body weight, and is then removed without incisions using an endoscope.