Gastroparesis Awareness Month

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What is gastroparesis? It is a gastrointestinal disorder that can cause mild to severe symptoms. In rare cases, gastroparesis can even become life threatening. However, there is still much to be learned about how to diagnose and treat this condition.

Through funding gastroparesis research, we can learn more about this disorder and hopefully improve the quality of life for those living it. The overall goal of Gastroparesis Awareness Month is to raise awareness, funding and support for patients and their families.

In healthy people, stomach muscles use strong contractions to pass food through the digestive tract effectively. However, the spontaneous movement of these muscles is disrupted in people with gastroparesis. This causes the stomach to have difficulty emptying.

Gastroparesis can lead to significant blood sugar fluctuations and nutritional defects. People may even suffer from frequent nausea or vomiting due to their condition. Other common symptoms include:

  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling full after little food

Unfortunately, not much is known about the causes of gastroparesis. Cases where the origin is unknown are called idiopathic gastroparesis (IG). However, there are some documented causes of gastroparesis, such as:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Botched gastric surgery
  • Mismanaged diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Certain medications, such as narcotic pain-relievers
  • Rare underlying conditions such as amyloidosis or scleroderma

The lack of knowledge about the causes of gastroparesis calls for more clinical research on the subject. For this reason, it is important to continue fighting for funding of gastroparesis research.

 

If you would like to read more, check out the full article from Accord Clinical Research, here!

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