When Type 2 diabetes strikes, almost every system and area of your body is affected at some level... with some systems being disrupted more than others. While some of these areas might only be mildly impacted, it doesn't diminish the fact they are not operating at optimal efficiency. But other areas are much more dramatically impacted. As a result, the person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes has to not only deal with their diabetes, but the many other life-altering side effects that have been created because of it.
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One of these areas which is greatly impacted is digestion. This is due to autonomic neuropathy and involves the nerves whose functions are more or less automatic... those that control:
- the stomach,
- sweat glands,
- digestive tract,
- intestinal system,
- penis, and
- circulatory system.
Gastroparesis, a neuropathy-related digestive problem, can include symptoms of nausea, diarrhea, or constipation... to name a few.
Medications can give relief for most symptoms of gastroparesis, as can such simple changes in eating habits as eating smaller meals more often and also adjusting the amount of fiber in your diet.
Also known as paralysis of the stomach, gastroparesis occurs when the vagus nerve, or the central nerve responsible for crushing food into particles which can be easily digested, becomes damaged. Once the vagus nerve is damaged, food is not broken down properly and, therefore, it cannot mix with the appropriate enzymes for processing. This means the stomach doesn't empty normally and naturally, food is then not absorbed. These processes are also impacted negatively by a high-fat meal.
When the normal digestive process is interrupted, the individual will then experience a long list of uncomfortable symptoms. They can have:
- abdominal pain,
- a feeling of fullness,
- weight loss. or
- a combination of some or all of these symptoms.
Even if stomach acids and digestive enzymes are released as intended, they will still contribute to the side effects due to the fact the food has not been adequately processed for digestion.
Unfortunately, this is not the end of the problems as blood sugar levels will also be affected dramatically. When food is unable to be digested, it makes it incredibly difficult to control your blood sugar levels. Since the body is not receiving the necessary vitamins and nutrients from the food, the body is not able to receive what it needs in order to have balanced blood sugar.
But the trouble does not stop there. When blood sugar levels are not balanced, it unfortunately also means the gastroparesis worsens. This ensures the vicious cycle continues. This is why it is important to keep gastroparesis away to start with.
If a person with Type 2 diabetes begins to experience problems as an aftermath of eating, they should consult with their doctor immediately.
Type 2 diabetes is no longer a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. Now is the time to take control of the disease... and take back your health and your life.
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