A new ingestible and inflatable balloon system seems to be a noninvasive way to fill up the stomach and curb appetite, researchers report.
The balloon system, known as Obalon, helped obese people lose nearly 7 percent of their body weight, the investigators added.
So, how exactly does such as system work?
“Patients swallow a capsule containing a balloon tethered to a small catheter,” said study author Dr. Shelby Sullivan, director of bariatric endoscopy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
“Once it’s reached the stomach, we inflate the balloon with a nitrogen mixed gas,” Sullivan said.
I wouldn’t put a Balloon in my stomach for a million bucks! I’m on a calorie controlled diet and also on metformin and I’m steadily losing weight thanks to both (metformin has a side effect of decreasing appetite)
I heard a story on the news yesterday where they recommend gastric banding surgery for obese diabetic patients as being the best possible treatment.
I know someone who had gastric banding surgery and is still very overweight. Apparently there are ways to trick the system. By eating high caloric meals by half, then finishing the other half soon after.
I have been doing some research on this. It sounded like a joke at first but it seems to be legit! I found one site that talks about all the options and even what doctors offer it (balloonweightloss.com). Now i just want to see someone that has had the balloon inserted, lost the weight, and had it removed to see what the full story is like. Do you guys know of any stories out there. I would really like to learn more about it.
A mechanical rather than chemical approach to weight loss. Interesting. Considering the fact that every factor which causes obesity is understood, we should have come out with a real weight loss drug by 2017 or earlier. I mean, since everyone understands the mechanics it would be in pharmaceutical companies interest to release a genuinely useful weight loss drug. Something like a third of Americans are overweight, the absorption and utilization of food in the body is explicitly understood. We understand which factors make people more likely to gain weight and which processes allow some to remain slim. If someone takes care of this issue in my lifetime lifespans around the world will increase by a decade or more I would predict.