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Amazing Gastric Balloon In A Pill Can Make You Lose Weight Even Without Surgery

Update Date: Nov 06, 2015 11:22 AM EST
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Weight loss has never been made more convenient with this very amazing, non-invasive gastric balloon said to effectively reduce body weight among participants with obesity problems in its pilot tests.

In a report from Science Alert, a new gastric balloon named Elipse manufactured under Allurion Technologies has been introduced during the Obesity Week in 2015 in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Though Elipse is not yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the procedure has promised a new hope among dieters procedure-less gastric balloon has been found to suppress food cravings for months starting the time when the dieter swallowed the pill.

Once swallowed, the pill will be dissolved in the stomach and thus inflating the gastric balloon in the stomach area. The administering physician would then connect the balloon to a catheter (inserted in the patient's mouth) that would let 550 ml of water to be filled inside the balloon.

The balloon is expected to reach the size of the grapefruit now with its water content.

In an earlier research proving Elipse's effectiveness, it has been found out that the participants can lose up to 37 percent of their excess weight (about 22 pounds each), Newsmax said.

The participants involved in the study are 34 patients in the Czech Republic and Greece who further supported the product's safety and effectiveness.

Allurion's balloon is said to make the patients feel fuller most of the time thus suppressing food cravings. Also it delays the process when the stomach will digest the food and empties itself. With this, hunger and appetite are delayed.

Also, improvements in their triglycerides and in hemoglobin A1c levels, a key measure of metabolic function have also been observed among patients using Elipse, The Seattle Times said.

However, experts said that Elipse is meant to be the first step in facilitating weight loss and should not be worn in the patient's entire life.

Because patients get used to feeling full so much quicker with the device, they learn portion control and get used to eating less. We anticipate that the improved eating habits patients develop will mean that a significant amount of the weight will stay off, even when the balloon is no longer in place," study author Dr. Ram Chuttani, director of interventional gastroenterology and endoscopy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston explained.

After a couple of months, the balloon will soon deflate as soon as its valve will open and release the water inside it. The whole device will then be excreted through the gastrointestinal tract.

Elipse is expected to be available in the market in the next two or three years' time.

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