Gastroparesis is a serious condition in which a nerve disturbance interferes with or slows the movement of food out of the stomach and into the intestinal tract. Doctors diagnose this as delayed gastric emptying after ruling out other causes, such as a mechanical obstruction. People with gastroparesis complain of nausea, vomiting, pain, early satiety, and bloating. Hospitals use various means to assess the condition — for example, through a gastric emptying study or a scintigraphic gastric accommodation test. This condition can have many causes.
People who have had poorly controlled type 1 or type 2 diabetes for some time may develop gastroparesis after they develop peripheral nerve damage caused by complications of diabetes. The increased incidence of diabetes in Western countries makes gastroparesis more likely there. The desire to avoid this serious complication should strengthen a person's motivation to manage their diabetes.
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