According to urgent care professionals, Gastroparesis is a type of nerve damage in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents, and often it can be associated with diabetes or an underlying digestive disorder. Gastroparesis affects people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This type of nerve damage can be caused by long periods of high blood sugar, and delayed digestion makes the management of diabetes more difficult.
Signs and symptoms of diabetic gastroparesis include the following:
- Vomiting of undigested food
- Weight loss
- Early feeling of fullness when eating
- Erratic blood sugar levels
- Gastro-esophageal reflux
- Spasms of the stomach wall
- Abdominal bloating
Gastroparesis can make diabetes worse by making it difficult to manage blood sugar levels. When food that has been delayed in the stomach finally enters the small intestine and is absorbed, blood sugar levels rise. Additionally, if food stays too long in the stomach, it can cause problems such as bacterial overgrowth because the food has fermented. The food can also harden into solid masses that may cause nausea, vomiting, and obstruction in the stomach. The diagnosis of gastroparesis is often diagnosed and confirmed through one or more tests such as the barium X-ray, gastric manometry, blood tests, or radioisotope gastric-emptying scan.
With diabetic gastroparesis, it is important to manage your blood sugar levels as well as you possibly can. Some treatments of diabetic gastroparesis include insulin, oral medications, changes in diet, and in severe cases, the person may need feeding tubes and intravenous feeding.
It is important to note that in most cases, treatment does not cure diabetic gastroparesis and it is usually a chronic condition. Treatment will help you manage the symptoms so that you can be as healthy and comfortable as possible. If you think you may be suffering from any of the symptoms of diabetic gastroparesis, it is important to seek medical attention in order to receive appropriate instructions related to the management of your symptoms and treatment recommendations.
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