Diabetic gastroparesis is a medical condition in which the stomach takes longer to empty its contents. Also called gastric emptying, it commonly affects patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is caused by the damage to the vagus nerve that keeps the muscles of the intestines and stomach from working normally. When this happens, the movement of food through the digestive tract is either slowed down or stopped altogether. The condition can exacerbate diabetes as it makes managing blood glucose level more complicated.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diabetic gastroparesis is diagnosed using a range of procedures and imaging tests. These include barium X-ray, barium beefsteak meal, radioisotope gastric-emptying scan, gastric manometry, and blood tests. In some cases, upper endoscopy and ultrasound may also be recommended. As for the treatment, diabetes-related gastroparesis is managed with insulin to regulate the patient's glucose level as well as certain medications for symptoms relief. If all nonsurgical treatments fail to address the condition, a surgery in which a feeding tube is used is considered. The feeding tube, called jejunostomy tube, is used to ensure that the nutrients that the patient requires are put directly into the small intestines.
Why travel to Southeast Asia for diabetic gastroparesis treatment?
Patients suffering from diabetic gastroparesis require specialist care from an endocrinologist, a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases that affect the endocrine system. In Southeast Asia, one can find some of the world’s most experienced and qualified endocrinologists that offer Western standards of care, thanks to their international training and years of experience. In addition, patients will have access to globally recognised hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) that feature the most advanced diagnostic and imaging technologies. But perhaps the best benefit that medical travellers can look forward to is having access to top-quality healthcare that is surprisingly affordable. When compared to Western countries, the cost of specialist care for diabetes and its complications is up to 75% cheaper in Southeast Asia.