What You Should Know About Gastroparesis

Diabetes can cause many complications if it's not well managed. Some potential complications, like eye problems and heart disease, are well known. Others you might not have heard of-- like gastroparesis.


Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the food going through the stomach to the small intestines is slowed or stopped. This delays 'gastric emptying'. It's caused by high blood sugar levels damaging vagus nerves.

Symptoms of Gastroparesis

Some possible signs of gastroparesis include feeling nauseous after meals or throwing up several hours later. You might feel pain after eating or feel full after only a few bites. Increased acid-reflux or heartburn are common. Symptoms may be worse after eating rich or greasy foods, carbonated beverages, or high-fiber foods like raw vegetables and fruits.

Treatment of Gastroparesis

Depending on the severity of the condition, it may be treated with dietary changes or medication. If you experience any symptoms, you should discuss gastroparesis with your doctor.

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