Diabetes Forecast

Device Keeps You Full to Promote Weight Loss

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

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For some obese adults who struggle to lose weight with diet and exercise alone, a balloon-like medical device might provide that extra push. Here’s how it works: With the patient under mild sedation, a doctor inserts the device through the mouth and into the stomach, then fills it with a sterile solution so that it takes up space and makes the person feel fuller. In studies of two such balloon device systems now available in the United States, participants lost about 14 to 20 pounds over six months. The balloon must be removed after six months, but the weight stayed off during three to six months of follow-up for those who continued to follow healthy lifestyles. 
Source: Food and Drug Administration notices, posted online July 28, 2015, and Aug. 6, 2015



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