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Diabetes and Gastroparesis (Digestion Problems) Article Archives

March 2011

Diabetes: A Homeopathic Journey

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.

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 3, 2011

November 2010

Abdominal Pain in Children May be Linked to Fructose Intake

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 8, 2010

January 2009

Antioxidants Relieve Pain of Chronic Pancreatitis

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.

comments 5 comments - Posted Jan 23, 2009

September 2008

When Diabetes Leads to a Lazy Stomach: The Goods on Gastroparesis
When Diabetes Leads to a Lazy Stomach: The Goods on Gastroparesis

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.

comments 27 comments - Posted Sep 22, 2008

August 2008

Can Surgery Cure Type 2? Interesting Newsweek Article Examines Raging Pros and Cons

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 29, 2008

December 2004

Botox for the Tummy

A new study indicates that diabetics with gastroparesis, an autonomic nervous system disorder that results in delayed stomach emptying, may find relief with botulinum toxin treatment.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

July 2004

All Systems Operational

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 to control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2004

February 2004

GI Problems Afflict More People With Diabetes

Swedish researchers report that people with diabetes experience more frequent heartburn, acid regurgitation and nausea than people without diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 1, 2004

March 2003

Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Only since the early 1950s have medical doctors in the United States recognized that celiac disease (also called gluten enteropathy) requires a lifelong commitment to a gluten-free diet.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2003

June 2002

The Case for Square-Wave and Dual-Wave Bolusing

Scott W. Lee, MD, Saima Sajid, MD, and Michelle Cao, MD, of Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, have reported two case studies on square-wave and dual-wave bolusing.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2002

September 2001

Patching with Antibiotic Help May Treat Gastroparesis

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2001

April 2001

Goodbye Gastroparesis

On January 3, Medtronic, Inc. announced the results of a study that suggests a new therapy significantly reduces the symptoms of gastroparesis.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2001

September 2000

Viagra: Not Just For Erectile Dysfunction Anymore

Viagra, the anti-impotence drug manufactured by Pfizer, may also be an effective remedy against gastroparesis, a common digestive condition among people with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2000

October 1999

April 1999

Pacemaker Could Help People With Gastroparesis

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1999

August 1997

European Drug Soothes Stomachs - Abstract #490

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.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 1, 1997

June 1997

Gastric Emptying Linked to Cardiovascular Complication

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1997

January 1996

How Fast Does Your Stomach Empty? Hypoglycemia Speeds It Up

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.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 1, 1996

Oral Hypoglycemic Drugs Less Harmful To Unborn Than Poor Glycemic Control, Study Shows

The November 1995 issue of Diabetes Care reported that women who take oral hypoglycemic drugs have a better chance of delivering a healthy baby than do women with poor glycemic control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1996

December 1995

Support For Sufferers Of Gastroparesis

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 1995

January 1991

Ask the Expert

Q: Are People with Diabetes Prone to Skin Boils?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1991

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