Have you heard of the new weight loss procedure or method that greatly reduces the appetite? The researchers claim that the procedure termed as GACE is thought to help lose 45 pounds in a matter of six months! Find out if it’s true!
Obesity is on a constant rise across the globe. And, the United States seems to have topped the list of countries with the most obese people. Every day we see these new forms of workout and brand new diet plans. Making a google search about ‘latest methods to lose weight’ is similar to making an ‘Optimum Internet Plans’ search.
All methods seem good and effective, and so, confuse you even more! Recently, people love the results of the Ketogenic diet. Some claim to love the Zumba sessions; while others argue that only a complete change in the lifestyle helped them lose weight.
In all such people who are struggling to lose weight, one thing is common. And that is, they always feel hungry! Recently, a brand new but minimally invasive procedure for weight-loss has hit the internet. It’s called GACE (Gastric Artery Chemical Embolization). First 5 patients are going to try this brand new technique. Let’s know more about the New Weight Loss Procedure.
What is GACE (The New Weight Loss Procedure)?
The GACE is a surgical procedure where an artery is blocked in the stomach. The researchers claim that this procedure drops an average of above 45 pounds in a matter of six months. It is basically about the hormonal changes. When the artery is blocked, it cuts off some of the blood supply to the part of the stomach, which produces most of the hunger hormone, ghrelin. It is also called the appetite stimulation hormone. This method is considered as an alternative to the bariatric surgery if it produces results according to the expectations.
Success Chances and Expectations
About the success chances, medical experts have noted that when a hormone is targeted, the body automatically finds other ways to compensate for that hormone. It is a natural process. Many experts believe that the procedure must be studied in more people and for longer spans of time to ensure that there are no complications. And, weight loss continues.
In the first human test, researchers have treated 5 obese people. The catheter that was placed in the groin of patients was threaded via an artery. From there, it reached the gastric fundus, the upper part of the stomach (known to produce the most appetite hormone). And then, the tiny beads were made to run through the tiny catheter which blocked the artery.
The blood flow is reduced in that particular area in the stomach, yet, the risk of that part dying from lack of blood supply is little. And that’s because the tissues in that part of the stomach get their blood supply from other blood vessels.
- After a month, the patients under observation lost around 29 pounds
- They lost nearly 37 pounds by the end of three months
- After six months, they lost an average of 45 pounds
- Ghrelin levels dropped immensely
- The ghrelin levels dropped to 29% after a month and 36% after three months
- However, after six months, the ghrelin levels went only 18% below from where they had been before the procedure was initiated. Medical experts already expected this pattern.
Did it Change the Approach towards Weight loss Procedures?
Ghrelin is just one of the many hormones which are known to influence appetite and hunger. In every prior attempt, that was made to change the long-term outcomes in weight-loss by manipulating just one hormone; the compensatory mechanisms kicked in over time. Therefore, the benefits just wear off.
This new procedure has all the medical and fitness experts hoping to finally have an alternative to the basic lifestyle approaches, such as eating healthy and being active physically.
This new study did not really address the lifestyle factors. And to test the effectiveness of this procedure, the patients were not told to change their exercise regimens and diets. They were told to do whatever they want and eat as much as they please. The appetite was not the same, and they couldn’t eat much. There was a dramatic decrease in their intake.
So far, no complications are witnessed, which is a good thing. GACE has clear authority over other weight-loss procedures such as gastric banding and gastric bypass surgery. They are like major operations unlike the one in the discussion. The day the procedure is performed, the same day the patient goes home. Therefore, there are no countless recovery times and hospital stays.
The long-term outcomes are yet to be witnessed. Only those will determine if it is a viable alternative to all other weight-loss surgeries and methods. I’m going to keep a steady track of the results with my subscription to one of the Optimum TV. And, if it is successful in the long run, I’ll try it too. It will be a game changer for critically obese people across the globe.
Keeping my fingers crossed!