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People are now swallowing balloons to lose weight!

27 May 2016, 18:14

San Diego - We all know losing weight is hard, researchers may have cracked the code with Obalon, and RX pill that contains a balloon.

According to the New York Post, Receive a prescription for this drug and you’ll swallow a capsule attached to a small tube. Once it’s hanging around down in your stomach, a doctor uses that tube to pump a nitrogen-mixed gas to inflate it.

If thats not strange enough, each balloon holds about a cup of gas; and you can swallow up to three of the pills over a three-month period.

The tube comes out and the air-filled sack in your gut remains, taking up space you’d otherwise fill.

After six-months the doctor removes the balloons.

Obalon has already been approved in Europe. And in a U.S. trial, researchers found the method helped obese patients shed nearly 7 percent of their body weight over six months. 

Gastric balloons are generally only recommended for patients with a BMI from 30 to 40, a level classified as obese. 

- News24 Nigeria


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