National Gastroparesis Month: Why fat, dairy, and consistency matter

This month is Gastroparesis month and it is unfortunately, a poorly understood condition affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals each year. Sometimes the symptoms are episodic, but often they are chronic. Essentially there is a prolonged delay of gastric emptying and it results in a myriad of issues that range from GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) bloating, nausea, and vomiting to constipation and additional lower GI abnormalities that can all be significant complications. Continue reading

Gastroparesis Management

An Update on the Management of Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a syndrome that results from delayed emptying of the stomach in the absence of a mechanical obstruction. It can be a very challenging problem with typical symptoms of nausea (93%), early satiety (60-86%), vomiting after meals (68—84%), bloating, and with upper abdominal pain (46-90%). The overall prevalence of gastroparesis is 9.6 per 100,000 men and 38 per 100,000 women. Motility of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract requires coordination of the nervous system, smooth muscles of the gut and specialized “pacemaker cells” known as interstitial cells of Cajal. These pacemaker cells play an important role of the synchronization of contractions of the stomach. Continue reading