Diabetic Gastroparesis: When Your Stomach Doesn’t Empty, What Do You Do?

If you’ve never heard of a diabetic gastroparesis treatment, you’re not alone. Diabetic gastroparesis is fairly rare in the general population, but it affects many people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, and if you are at risk it’s important you know what it is and how to deal with it. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, “the prevalence of delayed gastric emptying in Type 1 diabetics has been reported to be 50% and in type 2 diabetics, reports range from 30% to 50%.”

So, what Exactly is Diabetic Gastroparesis?

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases defines diabetic gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, as “a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine.”

Consider your gastrointestinal tract. This system in your body is a series of hollow organs (think esophagus, stomach, intestines etc.) that break down and process the food you eat, and then transport that food from your mouth to your anus. All of those organs, combined with the release of various hormones and enzymes, control your body’s ability to digest your food. If your GI tract doesn’t function properly it can lead to chronic digestive issues, which is both uncomfortable and even dangerous, especially for diabetics.

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