An operation that takes under an hour is proving effective in combating type 2 diabetes . The surgery, which bypasses some areas of the digestive system, also seems to tackle the symptoms amongst diabetic patients. The exact mechanism of the surgery is yet to be revealed.
This month, a clinical trial involving 50 patients will test the procedure, which has previously been shown to be effective amongst animal type 2 diabetics . Some humans have also been tested, and major drops in blood glucose levels have been reported immediately following the surgical procedure.
The treatment is called duodenal exclusion and routes food directly from the stomach to the small intestine. One diabetes specialist at Oxford University, Professor David Matthews, reportedly commented: “If you bypass the duodenum you won’t absorb food as well. There will be less digestion.”

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