Blocking arteries is a common technique that is used in emergency rooms to reduce the supply of blood flowing through the arteries. The non-surgical method medically known as gastric artery embolization entails the injection of microscopic beadlike objects through the groin area which are then carried to the select artery for blockage to occur.
Latest studies point out that the same procedure may help combat the rising cases of morbid obesity or being overweight. Though it’s still in its early stages, results from the study are encouraging as obese men are losing weight through the non-invasive surgery.
This is certainly good news considering that obesity and being overweight is becoming a major concern. The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention states that about one-third of the people in America are overweight and another one-third is obese. This suggests that only a third of the people are within the recommended weight or Body Mass Weight (BMI), and what’s even more worrying is that morbid obesity is amongst the most common cases.
According to Dr. Mubin Syed, interventional radiologist and lead author at Dayton Interventional Radiology, Dayton, Ohio, the procedure has high potential as a weight loss option. It works by blocking the production and supply of Ghrelin, a hormone that is believed to boost food cravings and appetite, and by reducing the level individuals will eat less.
In the study that was carried out by Dr. Syed and a team of researchers, Four men who had BMI of 40 and above were put under observation for nine months after being injected with the microscopic beads. The first individual lost 50 pounds, two other patients shed off mild weight, while a fourth patient who was diabetic was able to lose 26 pounds.
Though the results were mixed, they all showed the potential of the procedure in losing weight and is seen as a good alternative to gastric bypass surgery which though effective has similar complications just like other forms of invasive surgeries. Due to the risk of complications which usually occur in 10% of the patients, many people shy away from it.
Morbid obesity puts people at risk of getting heart diseases, type II diabetes, mobility issues, and other problems. It’s still quite early to make a solid conclusion about the new weight loss technique and there is a lot of researching and peer review that is needed. However, if the data and statistics from the ongoing statistics is anything to go with, the future of weight loss may soon change.