A stomach "pacemaker" for weight loss has recently been approved for use in Britain and is available in most other European Union countries.
A stomach "pacemaker" for weight loss has recently been approved for use in Britain and is available in most other European Union countries. According to the manufacturer Intrapace, the abiliti stomach pacemaker is designed to be the first "intelligent" form of obesity intervention. Surgically implanted in the stomach, it sends out electrical signals to trick the brain into thinking the stomach is full so the person eats less. The company has plans to submit the device for approval in the U.S. once it has more data, and hopes it will be available here in 2014.
"Surgical procedures for weight loss are nothing new," say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH). "Laparoscopic surgery and various types of stomach banding have been around for awhile and often come with serious side effects. They also do not have a 100 percent success rate, and no particular amount of weight loss is guaranteed."
"Most people have become used to overconsumption of food, which actually results in the stomach becoming larger," adds Tom. "As a result, it takes more food to feel full. This, combined with eating processed, dehydrated and non-nutritious foodstuffs, compound the problem with highly concentrated 'empty' calories resulting in overconsumption and undernutrition regardless of stomach size. Even if you make it through the operation, these new 'weight loss' methods have not been around long enough to determine if there are any unwanted long-term side effects."
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