Gastroparesis and type 1 diabetes

Hi everyone! I am new here seeking help with some complications I have recently had. I was given the prognosis of gastroparesis a few years back and it’s been progressively getting worse. It seems as though anything I eat can potentially make me sick. My stomach has issues emptying, i guess. I dont know much about this chronic issue other than information i have found online. Doctors aren’t much help. After several ER visits i was finally put on a pill called Reginal (sp?). I take it 4 times a day and still have these attacks. I have tried a strict diet of smaller meals and only foods recommended (which dont seem healthy) i have to cut most veggies from my diet, including spinach and asparagus, cut all berries, all whole grains and am told to only eat bleached flour products like white bread and even white rice. These suggestions yield little progress and this is interferring my work life, school life and even life as a mommy.

Does anyone with experience with this have any tips?

Dr. Bernstein has a whole bunch of information in his book “Diabetes Solution.” He has generously made much of it available to read it online. I would encourage you to also work to normalize your blood sugar, in the long-term that holds the promise of halting and perhaps reversing your gastroparesis. Dr. B’s recommendation to keep to a low carb diet can also help the vicious variability your get with gastroparesis. Hope that helps.

1 Like

You cannot thrive and have your body resist the effects of diabetes with a diet of white things. generally the naturopathic community says to avoid anything white or processed. I think that part of the problem may be with another hormone rarely if ever discussed called amylin. you need to eat as many vegetables as possible. perhaps green smoothies could be the answer. more on amylin:

How it works

As most people with diabetes already know, insulin helps transfer glucose out of the bloodstream and into the body’s cells. It is produced by a group of cells in the pancreas called beta cells. But beta cells secrete more than just insulin; they also secrete amylin. People with Type 1 diabetes, whose beta cells have been destroyed by the body’s immune system, secrete no amylin at all. And people with Type 2 diabetes who have progressed to the point of needing insulin injections (or infusions from a pump) have limited beta cell capacity and thus produce insufficient amylin.

So why all the fuss about amylin? Those of us with diabetes have survived for years without it. But the goal, of course, is more than just survival. It is to manage blood glucose levels effectively so that we feel good, can perform our daily routines, and live long, healthy, productive lives. The natural hormone amylin, as well as its synthetic equivalent, pramlintide (available since 2005 under the brand name Symlin), helps improve blood glucose control after meals. It does this by prompting the following actions:

Slowing digestion. Amylin slows gastric emptying, or movement of food from the stomach into the intestines. When carbohydrates stay in the stomach longer, they are converted to glucose and enter the bloodstream in a slower, more gradual manner.

Blocking glucagon secretion. Glucagon is a pancreatic hormone that raises the blood glucose level by stimulating the liver to release stored glucose. It is usually secreted in response to stress or hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). Without amylin, most people with diabetes produce extra glucagon when they eat; this can contribute to after-meal blood glucose spikes. When taken with meals, Symlin suppresses the inappropriate release of glucagon by the pancreas.

Enhancing satiety (the feeling of fullness). By helping to limit appetite and thus reduce the amount of food eaten during (and between) meals, amylin limits the potential for huge blood glucose

Why would you post this on a Gastroparesis thread, it’s literally about delayed gastric emptying and you are telling people to take a supplement that delays it more?

1 Like