Diabetic Gastroparesis Diet

Diabetics now make up a large percentage of our client base and the number of people diagnosed as diabetic or pre or borderline diabetic on life insurance exams has sky rocketed. While most diabetics are insurable at fair rates, it is alarming to see how many diabetics have truly stayed somewhat uneducated about their condition and do not fully comprehend or care about the fact that diabetes can have a compounding effect on other health issues and ultimately be at least the root cause of a health decline that leads to an early death.

Gastroparesis is a rather intimidating sounding name for a condition known as delayed gastric emptying. This is a disorder that causes the stomach to take too much time emptying its contents into the small intestine, and it occurs when the vagus nerve, which controls the speed at which food moves from the stomach into the intestinal tract, becomes damaged.

To diagnose this stomach problem, you may be given a meal that contains substances which are radioactive. Doctors will view your stomach after the meal several times to see how the meal is digesting or not. Other ways to diagnose the problem are by performing an endoscopy and also an ultrasound. Some doctors may have you swallow a special pill which is radioactive.

If you suffer from diabetes then there is an increased risk of suffering from severe diabetic complications of the nerves. Damage of the nerves in the body will cause poor circulation in the body especially the extremities like the hands and legs, and fingers and toes. Smoking or drinking alcohol only exuberate the problem so limiting these would be a good idea.

Eye complications – one of the symptoms of diabetes is blurred vision caused when the body takes fluid from other tissues in order to compensate for the loss of insulin. People who have diabetes are at a higher risk of blindness.

The immune system attacks the insulin producing beta cells which results in the body losing the insulin producing capabilities. This is the major cause of the Type 1 diabetes. Insulin is a vital hormone for the body that permits glucose to be converted into energy for activities of the body. The connection between celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes goes beyond autoimmunity and diet.

You should have a timely consultation with a physician regarding the treatment plan including medication and diet control. He will also recommend exercise routine and monitoring blood sugar levels. You can have at home the diabetic testing supplies that can help you maintain a record of your blood sugar levels. There are some people who think that regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is not needed.

It’s a common notion believed world over that type-2 diabetes isn’t as much serious as the type-1 diabetes. In fact, both the diabetes types are serious and if untreated will lead to serious metabolic complications including and not limited to heart attacks, strokes, damage of nerves, kidney and eye damage, gangrenes and amputation, impotence and gastroparesis.

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