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Diabetic Gastroparesis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is diabetic gastroparesis?

Diabetic gastroparesis is a type of nerve damage that slows digestion. High blood sugar levels from diabetes can damage nerves and tissues in your stomach. The damage prevents your stomach from emptying normally. Gastroparesis is also called delayed gastric emptying.

Digestive Tract

What increases my risk for diabetic gastroparesis?

What are the signs and symptoms of diabetic gastroparesis?

Your symptoms may be worse if you drink alcohol or smoke. You may have any of the following:

How is diabetic gastroparesis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will feel your abdomen and ask about your diabetes. Tell him or her about all medicines you currently take. Certain medicines can affect how your digestive system works. Examples include opioids, tricyclic antidepressants, and certain COPD or asthma medicines. Some medicines used to treat type 2 diabetes may also affect your digestive system. Make sure your provider knows about all your current medicines. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is diabetic gastroparesis treated?

Your healthcare provider may change one or more of your current medicines. Do not change your medicines without direction from your provider. Any of the following may also be used to treat gastroparesis:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or diabetes care team provider?

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