Ten years ago, an astute physician diagnosed me with Type 2 diabetes. I exhibited none of the classic symptoms of rapid weight loss, extreme thirst, and frequent urination. I attributed fatigue to my job. For about a year before diagnosis, I experienced what I thought were yeast infections and treated them with over-the-counter medications. I later learned that this condition is a symptom of diabetes. I am non-insulin dependent.
It's a pretty common complaint heard in households around the country: "My tummy hurts." Parents and teachers have been battling this complaint for decades, with children insisting that they are in pain and having no explanation why.
For patients who suffer frequent sharp abdominal pain from chronic pancreatitis, antioxidants may offer effective pain relief, according to a study recently published in Gastroenterology, the journal of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute.
Gastroparesis doesn't sound good, and it isn't. Literally "stomach paralysis," it is a form of diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, that is a common complication of diabetes. The damaged nerve in question is the vagus nerve, named for its vagabond-like wandering nature.
In March, Diabetes Health reported on Dr. Francesco Rubino, a surgeon who claims that the origin of diabetes is in the digestive system, not the gut, and that gastric bypass surgery cures type 2 diabetes.
Gastroparesis is a form of neuropathy that
causes damage to the autonomic nervous
system, which regulates the normal
automatic functioning of the stomach.
This difficult-to-treat complication of
diabetes results in the incomplete or
delayed digestion of food, leading to nausea,
vomiting and bloating, and makes blood
glucose levels unpredictable and difficult
A patch containing Erythromycin, an antibiotic similar to penicillin, could serve as a treatment for gastroparesis, a complication of diabetes that results in uneven gastric emptying. Gastroparesis hinders food and medication absorption.
Gastroparesis affects up to half of all people with diabetes, and can occur as early as the teenage years. Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach is partially paralyzed due to nerve damage brought on by high blood sugars. The stomach loses its ability to contract, which inhibits food from being properly moved to the small intestines.
According to some estimates, gastrointestinal symptoms including bloating, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and feeling full after little has been eaten are present in up to 75 percent of people with type 1. When these stomach problems are the result of neuropathy, the condition is called gastroparesis. The condition is clinically under-recognized and hard to treat even after it is identified.
Researchers have discovered that cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CANP) affects more than the heart. A new study shows that the diabetes complication is also related to slower gastric emptying in people with type I diabetes.
It may not be your fault if your blood sugar levels are unpredictable. Recent studies have shown that during hypoglycemic episodes, food exits the stomach much more quickly than it does under normal circumstances.
Often as frustrating for doctors as it is for patients, gastroparesis can take a major toll on a person's life. The disorder, a poorly understood complication of diabetes, is defined as delayed gastric emptying. Its symptoms range from occasional and annoying nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation, to total stomach paralysis which results in the need for intravenous feeding and hydration.
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