Fight obesity with balloon chain


A balloon chain that is inserted in the small intestine is reported able to help a person lose weight. The tool can be inserted within five minutes without operation with by deceiving the brain in order for a person to consume fewer calories than usual.

As reported by the Daily Mail, a similar balloon actually is commonly used in weight loss surgery so that obese people get full faster when eating.

The balloon chain is called SatiSphere, producer of the balloon chain ensures that the appliance can indeed suppress appetite. This is because the small intestine serves as a ‘counter’ of how much food you eat and how much your body needs.

The tool is shaped like a flexible wire with a balloon along its surface. A person can use it by  putting SatiSphere through their mouth and is assisted by a special tube. Then, the tool will be pushed into the stomach to reach the small intestine.

Meanwhile, the small intestine is where food is digested and is described as a brain calorie counter. Because the brain there regulate how much food is considered sufficient to take and the rest discarded.

The existence of SatiSphere then makes the brain think that certain calories consumed is enough. So, one is not only triggered by the sensation of satiety, but also less food is consumed. In addition, the amount of insulin released into the blood eventually reduced, so that they reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Manufacturers of SatiSphere added that the instrument is a great way to fight obesity and diabetes. Instead of surgery, balloon chain are also considered more effective and efficient.

However, the researchers who developed SatiSphere say that the balloon chain could leak, deflate, and block the intestines. But the good news is that the tool will not move further and will only remain in the small intestine.

SatiSphere itself is designed to be used on a temporary basis and can be removed in five minutes. So that procedures such as costly operations are no longer required.

One expert from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Professor Nadey Hakim, also expressed his opinion about the tool.

“This tool is placed in the small intestine and is designed in such a way to fight obesity and type 2 diabetes. The advantage is that one does not need surgery. Now I’m pretty excited and is waiting for the next clinical trial of SatiSphere,” said Professor Hakim.