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Bromley man undergoes gorundbreaking new procedure for type two diabetes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 June 2018

Rahul became one of the first people in the UK to undergo the procedure. Picture: Rahul Kumar

Rahul became one of the first people in the UK to undergo the procedure. Picture: Rahul Kumar

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A Bromley resident has become one of the first people in the UK to be treated with a new endoscopic procedure for Type 2 diabetes.

Rahul Kumar took part in the innovative clinical trial, investigating the new procedure known as Revita.

The method aims to help treat the condition by restoring the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar.

Rahul said: “I was 33 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I was shocked as I associated it with people much older.

“I’ve been prescribed an increasing number of oral medications over the past 10 years, so was curious when I read about the Revita-2 trial.”

The operation, at Kings College Hospital in Denmark Hill, has been a success for Rahul, as his blood sugars are now reaching a normal level.

He said: “My blood sugar levels improved almost immediately following the procedure and I’m over the moon that almost one year on, whilst keeping on top of my diet, my blood sugar levels are nearing normal.”

Kings College Hospital clinical lead for gastroenterology, Dr Bu’ Hayee, said: “I am delighted that Kings College are involved in the clinical trial and have been able to deliver results to help this patient with Type 2 diabetes.”

The Revita procedure, also known as DMR, is incision-free and takes around an hour to complete under anaesthesia.

It involves passing a catheter through the mouth down to the small intestine where a precisely controlled heated balloon is activated to treat the lining of the duodenum, safely rejuvenating the mucosa of the small intestine.

This is thought to help improve insulin sensitivity and how the body processes sugar from diet.

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