Diabetic Gastroparesis Study
Gastroparesis is a condition where the stomach does not empty properly. In a healthy stomach, the muscles push food through the digestive system. Gastroparesis is when the stomach muscles fail to empty the stomach normally. Gastroparesis is often found in people with diabetes.
This condition can lead to poor nutrition and difficulty with digestion and are associated with signs and symptoms of:
- Abdominal (tummy area) pain
- Bloating (tummy area feels full and tight)
- Postprandial fullness (feeling full after a meal)
- Early satiety (the inability to eat a full meal or feeling full after only a small amount of food) along with delayed gastric emptying (movement of food from the stomach to the small bowel takes longer than normal and occurs with unpredictable timing)
Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 or Type 2) is considered to be the most common identifiable cause of gastroparesis. The reason for this is because it is known that blood glucose levels that remains high over a period of time can damage the nerves and impair nerve function. One of the nerves that may be damaged is the nerve that controls how quickly your stomach empties. When this nerve is damaged, your digestion slows down and food stays in the stomach longer than it should.
Gastroparesis may also complicate the management of blood glucose levels for both diabetes mellitus Type 1 and Type 2 patients. Gastroparesis causes the carbohydrates in the food you eat to be delivered to the small bowel at variable times after ingestion resulting in blood glucose levels varying between low and high. As a result, diabetic patients with gastroparesis often have poorly controlled diabetes.
A significant medical need exists for a safe and effective treatment for patients with gastroparesis to improve their quality of life and to improve their standard of care.
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