December 17, 2018 By Elizabeth McCammon
Deep brain stimulation boosts insulin sensitivity

A few years ago, Dutch doctors treated a 53-year-old man with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by putting electrodes in a certain part of his brain during surgery (a treatment known as deep brain stimulation). The treatment not only reduced his OCD symptoms but also increased his insulin sensitivity, which improves the body’s ability to keep blood sugar levels within normal range. The man, who has type 2 diabetes, was able to reduce his daily insulin dose by almost 20 per cent.

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