recurrent Diabetic Gastroparesis

Recurring Diabetic Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis, or delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder in which the stomach muscles do not push food out of the stomach into the small intestine as it should. It can be caused by a variety of medical conditions, but diabetes is the most common cause. Recurrent Diabetic Gastroparesis is a type of gastroparesis that is caused by long-term diabetic nerve damage – more commonly known as diabetic neuropathy. In this article, we look at the symptoms, causes, and treatment options available.

Symptoms of Recurring Diabetic Gastroparesis

The symptoms of this condition can vary depending on the severity of the nerve damage. Common symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal bloating.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Heartburn.
  • Feeling full too quickly after eating.

Causes of Recurring Diabetic Gastroparesis

Diabetic neuropathy is the most common cause of lingering gastric muscle weakness, commonly known as gastroparesis. This condition, in turn, is caused by chronic exposure to high blood glucose levels. Diabetes itself is a chronic condition, and high glucose levels can cause nerve damage over a long period of time.

Treatment Options for Recurring Diabetic Gastroparesis

Treatment for recurring Diabetic Gastroparesis focuses on managing symptoms, faster passage of food through the stomach, and improved glycemic control. Treatments can include:

  • Eating a healthy balanced diet. Foods that are low in fat and high in fibre can help move food through the digestive system more quickly.
  • Taking small portions several times a day instead of large meals.
  • Chewing food thoroughly before swallowing.
  • Eating slower.
  • Avoiding eating too close to bedtime.
  • Medications to help relax the stomach muscles to help food move through the digestive system more easily.
  • An intestinal “pacemaker,” a device implanted in the abdomen to control stomach contractions.
  • Gastric electrical stimulation.
  • Establishing better glucose control.

If you are experiencing recurring gastroparesis, it’s important to speak to your doctor about your symptoms and treatment options. While there is no cure for this condition, medications and lifestyle changes may help manage symptoms and maintain good health.