I am not sure how to call it. It is a small study (50 patients), and it is only looking at a 1-year horizon, but, for 90% of the patients, over that duration it seems close to a cure, since it removes the need for insulin:
In the hourlong procedure, trialled on 50 patients in Amsterdam, a tube with a small balloon in its end is inserted through the mouth of the patient down to the small intestine. The balloon is inflated with hot water and the mucous membrane burned away by the heat. Within two weeks a new membrane develops.
Even a year after the treatment, the disease was found to be stable in 90% of those treated.
Jacques Bergman, a professor of gastroenterology at Amsterdam UMC, said: “Because of this treatment the use of insulin can be postponed or perhaps prevented. That is promising.”
Because the question now is whether this is a permanent treatment, or whether it is something that you have to keep repeating – something that in theory should be possible. We looked at whether we could stop their insulin, which is still ongoing, but the first results are truly spectacular, with the lion’s share of patients no longer using insulin after this treatment.”
This appears to be a spectacular breakthrough if it holds out to be true after multiple years. But this is a small study that obviously will need confirmation.
@Gary, what do you think?