Diane Dorfman


Hello, I have Type 2 Diabetes now for 3 years. I was just diagnosed with Gastroparesis. Is this from or could be associated with my diabetes? Just curios.

Amy Campbell


Gastroparesis is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food through the digestive tract. Gastroparesis can occur when the vagus nerve is damaged by illness or injury. The stomach muscles stop working normally, which in turn, slows stomach emptying. Symptoms include acid reflux, a feeling of fullness, nausea, abdominal bloating and vomiting. Diabetes is the most common cause of gastroparesis. Consistent high blood glucose levels can damage the vagus nerve (for this reason, gastroparesis is often considered to be a type of neuropathy). But gastroparesis can also result from having intestinal surgery, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. And sometimes, the cause isn’t known. There’s no cure for gastroparesis, but a combination of medication and dietary changes can help manage it. Because gastroparesis can affect blood glucose control, it’s important to work with your diabetes care team to adjust your treatment plan, as needed. Also, consider meeting with a dietitian to develop an eating plan that won’t aggravate your symptoms.

March 25, 2014 at 8:29 am