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Tue Oct 01 10:49:57 EDT 2013

I was recently diagnosed with gastroparesis, what foods are best for a type 2 diabetic with this condition not including whole grains
Asked By: msmerk  

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I was told that grains are hard to digest and that white flour, rice, bread, etc; would be better. However, I am afraid that eating those things will cause my A1C to skyrocket. What are the best foods for a type 2 diabetic who also has gastroparesis?
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2013-10-24 13:33:34.0

Dear msmerk

Thank you for writing dLIfe.

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.

Be well....

Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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2013-11-23 11:22:38.0

I also have gastroparesis due to diabetes. I have ended up in the hospital because of the condition with the worst of symptoms. I have found that eating after 8pm is a killer for me, I cannot digest the food and it sits in my stomach until the next day, causing nausea, vomiting and excessive gas. A lower fat, lower fiber diet has improved my condition as well as Reglan, a medication that helps the contractions of the stomach be more effective.
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2013-10-18 17:34:01.0

I was also diagnosed with gastroparesis a couple of years ago. At that time I was told to stay away from all whole grains and fiber, and that liquid was my friend. I have since discovered that hard to digest foods can be put in a blender to help break down the fiber for digestion. Also, peeling apples, cucumbers, carrots, etc has really helped me. Stay away from white breads and whole grain anything. You can also put nuts and seeds through a coffee grinder and sprinkle on various foods for added nutrition.
Answered By: pjirsa

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