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Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine.
Everyone with gastroparesis is not the same and your treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms. The goal of treatment is to keep you as comfortable and active as possible. That is why changing your eating habits are so important.
A low fat, low fiber diet is often prescribed to minimize the symptoms associated with gastroparesis. Fat and fiber naturally slow down gastric emptying which is like “adding insult to injury,” and causing you more discomfort.
Portion control is especially important – whether you’re eating high fiber or low fiber foods. Eating six small meals a day instead of three large ones is the best way to manage your blood glucose levels and gastroparesis. If less food enters the stomach each time you eat, your stomach may not become overly full, allowing it to empty more easily.
Chewing your food well, drinking noncarbonated liquids with a meal, and walking or sitting for 2 hours after a meal—instead of lying down—may also assist with gastric emptying.
A registered dietitian can assist in crafting a meal plan that will keep your blood glucose and symptoms of gastroparesis under control. Click here. to find a registered dietitian in your area.
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