A small study suggests that a new procedure that treats part of the intestine just beyond the stomach may allow people with type 2 diabetes to safely stop taking insulin.
The procedure — which resurfaces the duodenum — was combined with a popular kind of diabetes medication called GLP-1 receptor agonists — such as Victoza, Trulicity, Ozempic — and counseling on lifestyle factors, such as nutrition and physical activity.
Six months after treatments began, three-quarters of participants taking insulin no longer needed it. The amount of fat stored in their livers dropped from 8% to less than 5%.
“The duodenum harbors a broad potential for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and this combination treatment could be a game-changing approach in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome,” said lead researcher Dr. Suzanne Meiring, of Amsterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands.
This preliminary study included 16