New Procedure to Lose Weight by Controlling Hunger Hormone

For some people were almost desperate to lose weight, now researchers discovered a new way that may effectively help weight-loss diet. The procedure aims to control hunger hormones for appetite control.

"This new procedure may be a medical method of weight loss is very simple and can be an alternative to bariatric surgery," said Dr. Nicholas Kipshidze of Cardiovascular Research at the New York New York, who led the study.

This study involved only five obese people to try artery chemical embolization procedure the stomach (gastric artery chemical embolization) were shortened by GACE. The results are surprising because the five patients experienced a decrease in average body weight over 45 kg in just 6 months.

GACE works by blocking an artery in the abdomen that provides the blood supply to an area of ​​the stomach that produces most of the hormones ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite.

The findings are scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, which begins this weekend in San Francisco. The data and conclusions of the research that has been presented will be published in peer-reviewed journals.

GACE procedure is performed by placing a catheter in the groin participants. The catheter is threaded through the artery until it reaches the top of the stomach, called gastric fundus. Then, tiny beads that run through the catheter, will block the artery.

"Even though this procedure causes the blood flow to the stomach is reduced, the risk of death due to lack of blood abdominal organs is very small, because the network get blood from other blood vessels," said Kipshidze, as reported by Everyday Health, Saturday (09/03/2013).

Ghrelin levels decreased during the first month to 29 percent, 36 percent after 3 months, and 18 percent after six months. As a result, the patient loses weight about 29 kg after one month, then lost weight an average of 37 pounds in three months, and after 6 months, the patient's weight decreased by an average of 45 kg.

Ghrelin is one of many hormones are known to affect hunger and appetite. Effort manipulate this hormone was found to lose weight is to survive until the long term.

This procedure may not be a viable alternative to address lifestyle factors. So to really test the effectiveness of the procedure, the researchers did not tell the patient to change diet or exercise. But even though the patient is not asked to diet, he was able to control appetite naturally after undergoing the procedure.

So far there have been no complications arising GACE procedure. However, experts note that when one of the target hormone, the body usually find other ways to compensate. So further research is still needed to ensure there are no complications and that the weight loss is permanent nature.

Gastric artery chemical embolization or GACE has some advantages over other weight loss procedures such as gastric bypass surgery. Other procedures are major surgery with all the consequences of any operation, including hospitalization and recovery time is longer than GACE.