Brain Surgery Could Help With Diabetes

Brain surgery could be the next big treatment option for diabetics.

A small study conducted at Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital found that a surgical technique that has long been used to treat cranial nerve disorders can help ease some patients' diabetes symptoms.

Surgery to relieve arterial pressure on the lower half of the brain was conducted on ten patients with type two diabetes.Afterward, seven of the patients showed significant improvement in their blood sugar levels.

The neurosurgeon who performed the surgery says it worked by taking pressure off the part of the brain that controls the way the pancreas regulates insulin.Type two diabetics don't produce enough insulin.

The study is published in the journal "Surgical Neurology International."

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