Vascular compression procedure may relieve symptoms of type 2 diabetes
Physicians at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have discovered that the central nervous system may be linked to the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes.
Dr Peter Jannetta and his colleagues utilized a procedure called microvascular decompression, which involves the repositioning of arteries in the brain and placing a protective pad between a nerve and an artery. Previous studies have suggested that vascular compression may be an effective treatment for treating type 2 diabetes.
The physicians performed the procedure on 10 diabetic patients and followed their condition for a year, during which no changes in diet, weight or activity were permitted. The team regularly monitored these individuals blood glucose, pancreatic function and insulin metabolism.
The results showed that seven patients experienced significant improvement in glucose control, and that one patient was able to entirely discontinue his medications.
Diabetes is a tremendously difficult condition to manage and to live with, said Jannetta. Though our study involves a relatively small sampling of patients, we believe that it represents a major breakthrough in our understanding about the central nervous system etiology of the disease and the potential of surgical intervention as an alternative therapy.
This research was published in the journal Surgical Neurology International.