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Diabetic Gastroparesis

Summary

Here are some key points to remember about diabetic gastroparesis:

 

  • Diabetic gastroparesis may occur in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
     
  • Diabetic gastroparesis is the result of damage to the vagus nerve, which controls the movement of food through the digestive system. Instead of the food moving through the digestive tract normally, it is retained in the stomach.
     
  • The vagus nerve becomes damaged after years of poor blood glucose control, resulting in diabetic gastroparesis. In turn, diabetic gastroparesis contributes to poor blood glucose control.
     
  • Symptoms of diabetic gastroparesis include early fullness, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
     
  • The condition is diagnosed through tests such as x-rays, manometry, and scanning.
     
  • Treatment for diabetic gastroparesis includes changes in when and what you eat, changes in insulin type and timing of injections, oral medications, a jejunostomy, parenteral nutrition, gastric neurostimulators, or botulinum toxin.
     
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