Five facts about gastroparesis from Cook County Health
August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month. In recognition, Cook County Health is providing readers with five facts about gastroparesis that you might not know.
1. Gastroparesis is a condition where the stomach empties too slowly because of the muscles in the stomach don't work properly. It can interfere with normal digestion, causing nausea, vomiting and problems with blood sugar levels and nutrition.
2. Gastroparesis is estimated to affect up to five million people in the U.S.
3. Gastroparesis is typically diagnosed with a test that measures how fast the stomach takes to empty its contents.
4. It isn't really known what causes gastroparesis, but having diabetes, previous surgeries, infections or taking some medications can increase your risk for developing it.
5. Treatment of gastroparesis is aimed at managing symptoms and typically involves dietary and lifestyle changes, medications or procedures. Patients with gastroparesis are encouraged to eat smaller meals more frequently and eat well-cooked fruits and vegetables versus eating them raw. Patients should also avoid alcohol, carbonated drinks and smoking.
If you are concerned about potential digestive issues, contact Cook County Health at (312) 864-0200 to make an appointment with a physician.