A breakthrough treatment for Type 2 diabetes is now available to self-paying patients at The Princess Grace Hospital in London.
Revita is a minimally invasive procedure performed endoscopically to target the duodenum, a precise area of the intestine that plays a critical role in metabolic pathways, including insulin resistance. It is a non-drug and non-surgical alternative shown to enhance insulin sensitivity, lower HbA1c and create long-lasting improvements in blood sugar control. Alongside a healthy diet and exercise, one Revita treatment can last up to 24 months or more and is ideal for anyone with a busy lifestyle, where additional daily medications for Type 2 can be a burden.
The Princess Grace Hospital in London is the first medical facility to offer Revita, a treatment that involves duodenal mucosal resurfacing (DMR). It is provided as part of a programme of care including consultations and post-procedure support, helping people to adjust to a healthier lifestyle post-procedure, with specialist follow-up appointments for diabetes and dietary advice, as needed. It follows a series of global clinical trials on the procedure, involving close to 300 participants, and including four NHS hospitals. Research shows improved overall insulin sensitivity, lowered HbA1c (by nearly 1%), moderate weight loss, improved liver health – over 35% reduction in liver fat and increased ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol.
Dr David Hopkins, Consultant Physician and Diabetologist at King’s College Hospital and lead investigator in the Revita-2 clinical trial, explains, “Revita is a pioneering treatment which could radically change the course of Type 2 diabetes. By targeting insulin resistance in the duodenum – the root cause of metabolic disease the Revita procedure has considerable benefits and may help the person to avoid escalating drug treatment.”
Russell Pearson, from Essex, was one of the early clinical trial patients in the UK, having undergone the procedure in London three years ago. He says, “Before my Revita procedure, I was taking two diabetes tablets and my GP was concerned I might have to take insulin in the future. After Revita, my blood sugar improved for the first time in years, and I have also reduced my daily medication. My recent blood test shows my levels are now better than the pre-diabetic range.”