When television's perennially popular Mary Richards walked into WJM's Minneapolis newsroom in 1970, she did more than show the world a single girl could "make it on her own." The award-winning actress who portrayed her -- Mary Tyler Moore -- also showed us diabetes and a career could coexist.
Moore was diagnosed with adult-onset type 1 diabetes in the 1960s, several years before her Emmy-winning show began. But that didn't stop Moore from pursuing her career or turning the world on with a smile...
Symptoms range from mild to severe. Severe symptoms of
gastroparesis may improve with treatment using medicines that help the stomach
empty more quickly (motility agents). In very severe cases, a feeding tube
placed in the small intestine may be needed.
A person with
gastroparesis also may have episodes of high and low blood sugar levels.
Gastroparesis may be suspected in a person with diabetes who has upper
digestive tract symptoms or has blood sugar levels that are hard to
control. Controlling blood sugar levels may reduce symptoms of
How is gastroparesis diagnosed?
A diagnosis is
confirmed with one or more tests that show how quickly food leaves your
stomach, including a radioisotope gastric emptying scan. For these tests, you
will drink a fluid or eat some food containing a tiny amount of radioactive substance that will not harm you. This substance shows up on a special image, allowing a doctor to see
food in your stomach and watch how quickly it leaves your stomach.
How is it treated?
gastroparesis depends on the severity of the condition
and may include:
Eating several small meals each day rather than three larger
Eating meals that are low in fiber and fat.
Medicine to help the stomach empty more quickly (motility
agents), such as metoclopramide (Reglan), domperidone (available in Europe and
Canada), or erythromycin. Erythromycin is an antibiotic, but it can also help
the stomach empty more quickly.
Surgery to place a feeding tube in the small intestine, if
gastroparesis is severe.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 08, 2010
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