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Woman loses 110 pounds in 15 months after quick procedure

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A North Carolina woman claims she lost 110 pounds in 15 months after undergoing an experimental heat procedure to reduce her food cravings.

“I feel like I’m like the Mary Morgan that’s in my brain,” Mary Morgan Mills, 34, of Raleigh, told FOX 5 Atlanta last week.

“I feel like I’m like the Mary Morgan that’s in my brain,” Mary Morgan Mills, 34, of Raleigh, told FOX 5 Atlanta last week. Mills is pictured here in November 2023, approximately nine months after the procedure. Mary Morgan Mills/Facebook

In February 2023, Mills underwent gastric fundus lining removal as part of a study of 10 women. A doctor inserted a tube down her throat to burn stomach tissue that produces ghrelin, a hormone linked to increased appetite, calorie intake and weight gain.

When your stomach is empty, it releases ghrelin to tell your brain it’s time to eat. Researchers hypothesized that overweight people might be more sensitive to the effects of ghrelin.

A doctor inserted a tube down Mills’ throat to burn stomach tissue that produces ghrelin, a hormone linked to increased appetite, calorie intake and weight gain. True Your Weight Loss via FOX5 Atlanta

“What we found, in the months following this procedure, was that ghrelin was actually reduced,” said lead researcher Dr. Dan Maselli, a bariatric endoscopist and associate director of research for True You Weight Loss, at FOX 5 Atlanta.

“We saw a 45% decrease in this hunger hormone circulating in the blood within six months after the procedure,” Maselli continued. “In terms of stomach capacity, we saw a 42% decrease in the amount of food needed to feel full.”

Participants lost 7.7% of their weight on average over six months. Maselli and his team presented their results last month in Washington, D.C., at the Digestive Disease Week annual meeting.

He said the outpatient procedure – which would take less than an hour – caused minor side effects, such as stomach cramps, discomfort and nausea.

Mills said she had an upset stomach for a few days, but put up with popsicles, protein shakes and “a lot of bone broth.”

“What we found, in the months following this procedure, was that ghrelin was actually reduced,” said lead researcher Dr. Dan Maselli, a bariatric endoscopist and associate director of research for True. You Weight Loss. ERBE via FOX5 Atlanta

Mills, who at one point weighed 300 pounds, tried for years to lose weight. She said taking semaglutide – the active ingredient in drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy – made her constantly nauseous.

She lost 50 to 60 pounds in the first six months after treatment and has now lost 110 pounds.

“Thanks to this alleviated hunger, I was able to make better decisions for myself and in a less impulsive way,” Mills explained. “It made me feel a little more in control and not be at the mercy of, ‘Oh my God, I’m hungry all the time.’

The study authors say this “revolutionary” approach could be a standalone treatment for obesity or could be applied when people move away from injectable medications to lose weight.

Researchers acknowledge, however, that they need to explore the long-term effects of the procedure and test it on more people.

Mills, who at one point weighed 300 pounds, tried for years to lose weight. She said taking semaglutide – the active ingredient in drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy – made her constantly nauseous. Mary Morgan Mills/Facebook

Cleveland Clinic surgical endoscopist Matthew Kroh, who was not involved in the study, called the treatment “relatively simple.”

Kroh pointed out that people who undergo weight loss surgery can spend days in the hospital and weeks recovering. Removal of the gastric fundus mucosa is carried out in the office.

“There is potential,” Kroh told Science News last month about the experimental procedure, “but I think we have to be careful.”

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