Published on July 25, 2020
𝗚𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀 is a disorder where the movement of food is slowed or stopped, and the stomach takes too long to empty. It interferes with digestion, causes nausea, vomiting and dehydration, and plays havoc with blood sugar.
On the one hand, unintentional weight 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴 is one of the symptoms of gastroparesis. When the stomach does not empty normally, the body may have trouble absorbing enough calories and nutrients to maintain a healthy weight. Thus, malnutrition and unpredictable changes in blood sugar, may also result from gastroparesis.
On the other hand, while weight 𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯 by itself is not a known risk factor for gastroparesis, it is a major risk factor for diabetes. The extra fat issue interferes with how your body responds to insulin, leading to insulin resistance and diabetes. Excessive visceral fat also creates hormonal imbalances, and it is known that both hormonal balances and diabetes are risk factors for gastroparesis.
Changes in diet do help control the symptoms, such as choosing low-fiber and low-fat foods; pureed proteins, vegetables and fruits (even baby foods); broths; eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day; and drinking plenty of water.
Here’s a reference sheet that I provide to clients.