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MEDICAL CONDITIONS: OBESITY: TREATMENTS: FDA Approves Stomach-Draining Obesity Treatment

David P. Dillard
 

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MEDICAL CONDITIONS: OBESITY: TREATMENTS:

FDA Approves Stomach-Draining Obesity Treatment

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FDA Approves Stomach-Draining Obesity Treatment

MATTHEW PERRONE

Associated Press

June 17, 2016

Sioux City Journal

http://siouxcityjournal.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/
fda-approves-stomach-draining-obesity-treatment/ article_eee187ea-544c-5b49-a871-76edf254ef41.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/zbu3mt2

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WASHINGTON A new weight loss device offers a novel approach to cutting calories: draining them from the stomach before they are fully digested.

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The AspireAssist system consists of a thin tube implanted in the stomach, connecting to an outside port on the skin of the belly. About 20 minutes after finishing a meal, users connect the port to an external device, which drains some of the recently-consumed food into the toilet.

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The manufacturer Aspire Bariatrics based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania says its system removes about 30 percent of food stored in the stomach before it begins causing weight gain.

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The Food and Drug Administration approved the device this week for adults who are obese, with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and have not been able to lose weight with other methods.

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It's the latest option for millions of obese Americans who have been unable to lose weight via more traditional methods. Obesity is considered one of the nation's leading public health problems because it can trigger diabetes and lead to heart disease and other serious health problems.

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About 38 percent of all U.S. adults are obese. A 5-foot-9 person would be obese at 203 pounds.

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