Gastroparesis is commonly known as “slow digestion” for a prolonged period of time. As a result, food sits in the stomach undigested and can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, early satiety, and bloating. This disorder of the digestive tract is prevalent in about 27 to 58 percent of those with type 1 diabetes and about 30 percent of those with type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of gastroparesis. It can develop over time, especially if blood sugars are uncontrolled. This is due to damage that happens within the vagus nerve, a nerve that connects the brain and the abdominal organs. Having too much glucose in the blood saturates the endings of the nerve and blocks the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the organs. Ultimately, the stomach cells stop functioning properly and lead to gastroparesis.
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