Gastroparesis Awareness Month is observed in August and its purpose is to encourage research and to support the gastroparesis community.
Gastroparesis is a condition that slows or stops the spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in the stomach. This results in food and liquid remaining in the stomach for long periods which can lead to poor nutrient absorption and poor glycemic control.
Symptoms typically appear during or after a meal and can appear abruptly or gradually. They could include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, feeling full while eating, early satiety, heartburn, and abdominal bloating.
Gastroparesis is a long-term, chronic condition that cannot be reversed. A doctor can devise a strategy to help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of serious complications.
The number of people with this disease appears to be rising, yet gastroparesis is poorly understood. More community awareness is needed about this condition.