Gastroparesis: Is it Really?

StomachI have talked to a few people online that thought they had gastroparesis, but their doctor’s didn’t think that it was necessary to do the testing to confirm that. Diabetes in Control had an article about a study done by the Mayo Clinic that showed only 5% of Type 1s actually get gastroparesis and only 1% of Type 2s. They felt that anytime a diabetic has a stomach issue, gastroparesis is the diagnosis. You can read the full article here.

I know that I have seen much larger percentages. I just did a quick Google search while writing this and saw numbers as high as 55% of diabetics having gastroparesis. The article doesn’t state anything about the population of the people they studied. My feeling about most complications is that those of us that have been diagnosed longer have a greater chance of getting complications because the things we know and do today did not exist back then. If this study has only followed fairly newly diagnosed people (the study did last 10 years) that mostly only ever used the newer insulins and knew to test after meals, then that could explain the lower rate.

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Gastroparesis and Other Health Diets

Sometimes when you have multiple health problems with conflicting diets, you start to wonder what you can eat. Add in some food allergies and things get even more confusing. I hate the word “diet,” but I am not sure what else to call it.

SaladGastroparesis can make things challenging in the food department. Things that normally would be healthy for you to eat cause a lot of problems. If undigested food remains in your stomach for too long, it creates something called bezoars. A bezoar is a hard mass of food that may need to be surgically removed. Vegetables are very hard to digest so you now have an excuse not to eat your vegetables. Fruit is also very hard to digest. The two food groups that we are told are healthy and we should eat are now dangerous with gastroparesis.

If you have other health problems, you may have other restrictions on what you can eat. If you have kidney problems, you have restrictions on how much protein you can eat. If you have heart problems, they want you to watch fat. Fat causes problems for gastroparesis, so that won’t be a conflict, but if you look at the diet on the AHA website, they recommend 4.5 cups of fruit and vegetables a day. That would cause a different set of issues with gastroparesis.

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