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What Is Gastroparesis? Why Are Diabetics More At Risk?

What Is Gastroparesis?So I’ve been receiving a number of these questions over the past couple of months among my fellow type 1 diabetics which made me start to wonder…is there a connection between gastroparesis and type 1 diabetes or could it be just another condition all together?

Gastroparesis (also called delayed gastric emptying) is a progressive disorder that causes food to remain in the stomach for longer than normal periods. Because the nerves that move food through the digestive tract are damaged, the muscles do not work as they normally would.  As a result, food often sits in the stomach undigested.  So what are the signs and symptoms of gastroparesis and are you more prone as a type 1 diabetic, lets take a closer look! 

Symptoms Of Gastroparesis:

The following are the most common symptoms associated with gastroparesis:

  • vomiting of undigested food
  • early fullness after a small meal
  • weight loss
  • nausea 
  • bloating
  • stomach spasms
  • blood glucose levels that are hard to stabilize
  • heartburn 
  • loss of appetite
  • acid reflux

What Causes Gastroparesis:

While a high percentage of gastroparesis has been reported in people with type 1 diabetes (40%) and type 2 diabetes (10% to 20%), per the Mayo Clinic, it’s not always clear what leads to gastroparesis. In many cases, gastroparesis is believed to be caused by damage to a nerve that controls the stomach muscles (vagus nerve).

The vagus nerve helps manage the complex processes in your digestive tract, including signaling the muscles in your stomach to contract and push food into the small intestine. A damaged vagus nerve can’t send signals normally to your stomach muscles. This may cause food to remain in your stomach longer, rather than move normally into your small intestine to be digested.

The vagus nerve can be damaged by certain diseases (Parkinson’s and MS for example), and diabetes in particular, or by surgery to the stomach or small intestine.  As for diabetics, the fact that we deal with higher than normal blood sugars, over time these high blood glucose levels can damage the vagus nerve.  

Its should also be noted that for reasons that gastroparesis is more commonly found in women than in men. Researchers believe that this is possibly due to the effect of hormones on the GI tract, particularly estrogen and progesterone, and those seem to delay stomach emptying, but more research is still needed.  You can check out the study here.
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Dangers Of Teeth Whitening

Dangers Of Teeth WhiteningHave you ever noticed someone smiling and thinking to yourself…Wow, those are some seriously bright pearly whites! How do they get their teeth so white! I have to be honest, I’ve tried those teeth whitening kits that you can buy over the counter, but I’ve never made it past 2-3 treatments and here’s why.

With the emphasis placed on beauty and outward appearances in our society, teeth whitening procedures is gaining popularity for some people.  In an effort to make teeth whiter, some people turn to teeth whitening treatments.  Teeth whitening products are available over-the-counter and at a dentist office.  The active ingredient in these products is usually either hydrogen peroxide or carbamine peroxide.  Regardless of the active ingredient of the teeth whitening systems, there are dangers to consider before starting a program.

Teeth Whitening And Sensitivity:

Heightened tooth sensitivity is another danger that may result from teeth whitening.  This sensitivity tends to cause pain and discomfort when you eat hot, cold or very sweet foods.  This is usually a temporary danger.  If your bleaching treatments cause sensitivity, your dentist can give you a desensitizing gel to apply a few minutes before each treatment, or just after.

Teeth Whitening And Oral Cancer:

Bruce Davidson, MD, FACS, chairman of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at a Washington, D.C., hospital, says there may be a possible link between teeth whiteners and oral cancer, which affects the tongue and other soft tissues of the mouth.  In a statement on the safety of teeth whiteners, the American Dental Association cites two reported cases of tongue cancer in patients who did not have any identifiable risk factors for cancer.  The statement indicates, however, that no other studies have been conducted that show a link between teeth bleaching and cancer.
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