Now you can manage diabetes without drugs, with this liver-targeting ultrasound technique!

Ultrasound technique may be the answer to type 2 diabetes treatment

You’ve heard of all the ways under the sun to manage type 2 diabetes: eating healthy, exercising regularly, losing weight and taking medication. But a new treatment protocol is on the way that promises effective management of type 2 diabetes without drugs. It’s also non-invasive.

This is an ultrasound technique that stimulates specific nerves in the liver to treat type 2 diabetes.

How can this happen?

By sending regular ultrasound pulses to specific nerve clusters in the liver in an area called the hepatic portal. The procedure is called Peripheral Focused Ultrasound Stimulation (pFUS) and the ultrasound pulses used are highly focused. This regularly lowers insulin and glucose levels. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” says Noida-based internal medicine specialist Shivam Sawhney, adding, “The hepatic portal contains the hepatoportal nerve plexus, which is responsible for communicating glucose information to the brain. Scientists have been at sea with the study of these tiny nerve structures that cannot be stimulated separately with implanted electrodes due to their tiny size, which is why the ultrasound pulses are targeted at the nerve clusters.

Challenges

First, human trials are still ongoing, so it may be a while before you can use this treatment. “On top of that, specialized tools and resources are needed to undertake the specialized stimulation,” says Sawhney. The other challenge he points to is the lack of technical know-how to perform ultrasound using never-before-used machines and tools. Training technicians will take time and effort. “That said, the ultrasound technique holds great promise for treating type 2 diabetes with bioelectronic medicine — a big feat for the industry — but one that the fraternity needs,” says Sawhney.

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