Diabetes Forecast

Implantable Device May Curb Appetite

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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A new implantable device cleared by the Food and Drug Administration blocks a major nerve in the body that controls appetite. By turning the blocking mechanism on and off throughout the day, the pacemaker-like device helps people lose weight by curbing their appetite and making them feel full. The device is surgically implanted into the stomach, usually as an outpatient procedure. It’s indicated for adults who meet certain criteria for obesity—including many with type 2 diabetes—and who have not been able to lose weight with traditional weight-loss programs.  
Source: FDA, Jan. 14, 2015



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