Central Nervous System May Play a Role in the Onset of Diabetes

Peter Jannetta, MD, a neurosurgical pioneer and a group of doctors at Allegheny General Hospital recently made an astounding discovery linking the central nervous system (more specifically the medulla oblongata that is located in the base of the brain and responsible for the functioning of the pancreas among other vital organs.)

The Treatment

The treatment that Dr. Jannetta and his team suggest is surgery. The surgical procedure relieves some of the pressure that causes the pancreas to not work properly. By releasing the pressure the pancreas may be able to function properly again. Resulting in less insulin resistance for type 2 diabetics.

Dr. Jannetta and his team have performed this type of surgery (microvascular decompression surgery) over 6000 times to date. Each diabetic’s condition after the surgery does not promise a permanent end to his or her diabetes. In many cases, it has allowed the diabetic to enjoy a life free of medications. They must always adhere to a diet and exercise program that fits their diabetic needs.

The surgery is not a guarantee for a diabetes free life but it certainly could have some positive benefits and make diabetes more manageable for a lot of people.

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