Designed to be permanently installed in the lower intestine, the prototype MetaboShield could help people lose weight and help reverse type 2 diabetes.
The plastic sleeve can be placed in the intestine via the throat and requires no general anesthesia. Once in position, it prevents the absorption of food, allowing the patient to eat as they please with no changes in habits. Its curved shape is very similar to the area of the small intestine where it meant to be lodged, and the curve of the intestine also helps to keep the device in place. The researchers also report that the MetaboShield has demonstrated the ability to reverse type 2 diabetes, though they are not quite sure why.