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The endobarrier blocks fats from being absorbed (credit: CBS)

The endobarrier blocks fats from being absorbed (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4)- Researchers are studying a new way to treat people with Type 2 Diabetes with a barrier that blocks some harmful foods.

Doctors believe there is a strong link between diabetes and obesity. It’s so strong some have coined a new word calling it “diabesity”

“It’s really a tremendous health problem for our whole country,” said Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Dr. Holly Wyatt.

Wyatt and other researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz campus are getting ready to test a new potential treatment for those struggling with their weight and diabetes.

“You don’t have to have surgery but you get part of the benefit of a surgical procedure,” said Wyatt.

The new medical device resembles a tube-shaped plastic bag called the Endobarrier.

“It’s very thin, it’s very pliable,” said Wyatt.

There is no cutting and no medication. The device is inserted through the mouth and down the esophagus and stomach and into the intestine.

“It keeps the food that you eat from coming into contact with the first part of your intestine or gut,” said Wyatt. “We know that when you block absorption in that part of the intestine it seems to be important in blood glucose control.”

The barrier can also help with weight loss.

Some studies show that it improves Type 2 Diabetes. Now researchers in the U.S. will put it to the test.

A clinical trial will include 500 patients with up to 25 in Colorado. It’s free to participate.

The year-long study does have some risks including possible pain where the barrier attaches and bleeding.

The device can be removed the same way it was put in.

For more information on taking part in the study call the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora at 303-724-9198.

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