Surgeon Hopes to Cure Diabetes via Surgery
It might seem as a very peculiar situation but a Wellington surgeon had earlier gained rare ethical approval to operate on people suffering from diabetes who aren't obese. Now he plans that his technique would help switch off the disease and cure other life-threatening illnesses. Although there have been similar studies been done in South and Central America, but it would be the first time that such a techniques would be adopted in a first world country where it is harder to get ethical approval.
Prof. Richards Stubbs, Director of Wakefield Obesity Clinic is of the view that the can lessen type 2 diabetes in those people who have high insulin resistance. He hopes to achieve this by bypassing a part of the gut which triggers the disease. The pilot study was approved by the Central Regional Ethics Committee last April and now the professor is looking for 12 participants with a Body Mass Index between 25 and 30 to be a part of the surgery. It is hoped that most of the participants would be diabetic free after the surgery is conducted on them. His study is based on the fact that people suffering from type-2 diabetes have difficulty in making adequate insulin or that their body is resistant to it. The current treatments that are in the market can control this diabetes to a certain extent, but there is not a single cure for the disease.
There are nearly 200,000 people in entire New Zealand who die because of diabetes each year. If this procedure goes on like it is planned, then they would be able to save all those lives. The next step after the success of the surgery would be to develop drugs that would counter the insulin resistance. However, that would take at least a decade to be made available for use.
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