New Delhi/Singapore: If you have been trying to lose weight for the longest time, you can take a sigh of relief. It may be time to bid goodbye to all the diets that don’t work because scientists might have found the best and easiest way to lose weight.
A team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) along with the National University Health System (NUHS) has developed a self-inflating weight management capsule that can be used to treat obesity.
Measuring around 3cm by 1 cm, and called the EndoPil, the prototype capsule contains a balloon that can be self-inflated with a handheld magnet once it has entered the stomach and can make you feel full. The capsule contains a magnetically-activated inflation mechanism that causes a reaction between a harmless acid and a salt stored in the capsule. This reaction produces carbon-dioxide which inflates the balloon. The concept of the capsule is through oral ingestion only, though trials for this route of administration have not yet begun.
The EndoPil, novel made-in Singapore weight loss capsule, which is easy to ingest may be able to overcome limitations like nausea, vomiting, etc. which are experienced by people who opt for surgeries to treat obesity. The viability of this pill was tested in a preclinical study, in which a larger prototype was inserted into a pig. The findings were published in a supplement of the Scientific Journal Gastroenterology, which showed that the pig with the inflated capsule in its stomach lost 1.5 kg in a week, while the other pigs in the group of the study were still overweight.
The capsule was also tried on a healthy patient volunteer in Singapore, last year, and the balloon was inflated through an endoscope and the balloon was successfully inflated within her stomach, with no discomfort or injury from the inflation.