New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that weight loss can be boosted by the implantation of a small device.
Obviously, obesity is a growing concern that is affecting millions of people worldwide, and it is now common knowledge that weight gain is caused by people consuming more calories than the body needs to use. Because of this, scientists are trying to find ways into essentially tricking the brain into consuming less food.
The small implantable device (less than 1 centimetre wide) was made by the researchers to send small electrical pulses through the vagus nerve – this transmits messages between the brain and stomach. This is able to convince the brain that the stomach is full, thus reducing the feeling of hunger and suppressing appetite.
The device was tested on rats and it was found that they could achieve 38% weight loss in as short as 15 days – this is more than any other electrical approach to stimulate weight loss has ever been able to achieve.
And whats more, the device has not posed any safety issues thus far: the implant stayed in its correct position and didn’t cause any signs of infection or disfunction. For a new device that is not only fully reversible, it is much less invasive than weight loss surgery and doesn’t even use wiring or battery – it pulses based on the natural movement of the stomach which is just enhancing the normal response of the body in order to control food intake.
Of course a lot more trials and testing is required before this device can be used in humans, but it is without doubt that this device has shown a lot of promise as a means of tackling the problem of obesity.
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