Weight loss balloon DOES help you shed pounds faster, three new studies find – The Sun
A NEW pill containing a weight loss balloon will help you shed pounds faster – three new studies have revealed.
Experts have found that the single-dose treatment, called Elipse, could help "potentially millions" of obese people blitz as much as three stone.
And their research have shown that the weight loss balloon can also significantly reduce heart disease triggers such as high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels.
Swallowed with a glass of water, the weight loss balloon swells in the stomach so people feel full without eating as much.
The balloon pops after four months and passes out painlessly through the body.
The first of the three new studies looking at the effectiveness of the weight loss balloon examined 1,623 patients across seven different countries who had tried it.
Reduces heart disease triggers
The results demonstrated an average weight loss of two stone and a lowering of the participant's body mass index by 4.9kg/m2, as well as reductions in cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Similarly, the second study investigated how much weight individuals could lose if they repeated the Elipse programme.
After the first balloon, average weight loss was two stone and BMI loss was 5kg/m2.
However, repeat balloon use resulted in an additional average weight loss of one stone and additional BMI loss of 2.6kg/m2.
Scientists claimed that these results indicate an overall weight loss of more than three stone may be possible with repeat balloon use.
And a third study revealed that the balloon is effective in teens – as it tested 50 teenagers from across four countries using the weight loss balloon.
Results demonstrated an average weight loss of two stone and a BMI reduction of 4.8kg/m2.
The lead researcher of the three studies, Dr Roberta Lenca from Clinica Nuova Villa Claudia in Rome, Italy, said: "We’re pleased that these three studies highlight the safety, effectiveness, and versatility of the Elipse Programme.
Rise in obesity
“As obesity continues to rise around the world, a balloon that does not require surgery, endoscopy or anaesthesia has the potential to be a first-line weight loss option and help decrease concomitant conditions, such as high cholesterol, that can often accompany obesity and lead to cardiovascular disease.”
And Allurion's Chief Medical Officer Dr Ram Chuttani said: "These presentations underscore the impact the Elipse Programme can have on overweight and obese individuals treated by a variety of practitioners in different clinical settings all over the world.
"In addition, we believe the studies highlight the utility of Allurion’s Bluetooth smart scale and smartphone application when used in concert with a supervised nutrition programme to create a 360-degree weight loss experience.”
Until now gastric balloons have needed to be put in place by doctors using a camera, placed down a patient's throat.
But the Elipse balloon removes the need for the uncomfortable procedure.
It's available on the NHS to patients with a BMI of more than 40 – anything over 30 is considered clinically obese.
The treatment is designed to "kick-start" the weight-loss process, experts say, and should be used alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle changes, like taking more exercise.
Italian researcher Dr Roberta Ienca said patients found the pill — called the Elipse Balloon — "incredible".
She told the European Congress on Obesity, held in the summer in Porto, Portugal: "It appears to be safe and effective. It doesn't require surgery or anaesthesia.
"This may make it suitable for a larger population of patients not responding to diet and lifestyle treatment."
Her team in Rome tested 42 people, whose weight averaged 17st 5lbs.
They lost around 2st 6lbs if they also ate healthily over the period.
Unlike a gastric band, the Elipse pill does not require risky surgery.
And at £2,206 to £3,485, it costs about half the price.
It can be taken under the supervision of a medic, nutritionist or dietician in a process that lasts just 15 minutes. The pill has a tiny tube attached to it.
Once it hits the stomach, the balloon is filled with a pint of water and the tube detached.
Experts at the conference said the pill could be used to fight the spiralling obesity crisis.
Being too heavy raises risks of type 2 diabetes, heart and liver disease and 13 types of cancer.
Professor Jason Halford, from the University of Liverpool, said: "Potentially millions could benefit. It is cost-effective. If the studies are there, it should be considered."
Dr Simon Cork, of Imperial College London, added: "A device which doesn't require surgery is a positive step forward."
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