A special type of rubber band that is surgically wrapped around the stomach of diabetic people can rid the obese of their disease, not to mention their weight, according to a pioneering Australian study.
The fresh findings were presented at a medical conference in Melbourne, indicating that lap-band surgery, as the process is called, could reverse type 2 diabetes amongst three out of every four diabetics within two years.
However, the study was only conducted on 60 people. It recorded that patients with a body mass index of over 30 could lose up to 20 per cent of their weight simply through having the surgery. According to the team, 73 per cent of patients went into remission.
Professor Paul O’Brie, heading the study, reportedly commented: “Diabesity really is such a major problem for the community and this preliminary data is showing us a solution to that problem,” said Prof O’Brie, of Monash University . It seems that people who lose 10 per cent of their body weight generally go into diabetes remission but this is quite hard to do with medical intervention alone.”

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