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emoticon emoticon emoticon to the team. We are happy to have you with us and hope that we can help in some way. Sheri is so knowledgeable that I am sure that you will find answers to many of your questions.

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Diabetic Gastroparesis is the most common form, as opposed to ideopathic or from some other cause. Just like diabetes can damage the nerves in the legs/feet and arms/hands, it also can damage the nerves that go to the digestive tract.

She may also want to start working with a nutritionist. That way she has a professional helping her figure out how to mix the GP diet and the diabetic diet. I'm not sure what book you're talking about, but I would seriously hesitate before buying a book to learn about GP. Also, do not start out with smoothies - she needs to work her way up to them. Even when made into a smoothie, there is still fiber in the foods and that will slow the digestive tract down further. Doing an elimination diet (starting with simple liquids and building up one food at a time) not only allows her to figure out what foods her body will accept, but will also give a chance to clear all the partially digested foods out of her stomach and intestines to start fresh.

Also, how was she diagnosed? The gastric emptying scan should have given some insight into how bad her system is slowed and will give the doctors ideas for treatment and a nutritionist a jumping off point. If the contents were only slightly slowed that's a huge difference than someone who had no or almost no movement. If a gastric emptying scan wasn't done, I would encourage you to see a GI specialist who has treated GP patients before, as this is how the diagnosis is made.

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Thanks for your response. She's also a diabetic, so we need to take that into consideration, too. Honestly, she was just in the hospital for constipation/dehydration, & has been drinking a lot of chicken broth. We're thinking smoothies will be good, that way (we both) can get fruits/veggies the way we're supposed to. I plan on getting the book off of Amazon, maybe learn some stuff from that.


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I'm glad you found the team and joined us, though it always sucks to hear of another person with GP. We have a lot of info here and several of us can answer questions.

Smoothies are a good option, just remember to have them be cool not ice cold. Drinking/eating cold foods constricts the digestive system and makes it harder to digest. I don't have the nutribullet, but I have a cheap smoothie maker. If she wants to try some smoothies, don't buy anything fancy and expensive until you know it will work for her. Then she can try to mix in some fruits and veggies with non-fat yogurt and/or low/non-fat milk or milk substitutes.

If she hasn't done so yet, I suggest starting out by finding what foods she can handle. This means starting with a simple, liquid diet and slowly adding in 1 food no more often than every 2-3 days. It takes 24-48 hours for food to pass through a 'normal' system, but often GP causes it to take an extra day or more. Trying new foods frequently makes it impossible to know which foods are problems and which are okay. Over a few weeks, even a few months, she should have a good idea what foods she can tolerate well and which give her problems. It's a long process, but it's worth it. I've seen people try to jump in without taking the time and eventually they end up starting over from scratch anyways.

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Hi, I was on someones SP & saw this team listed. I don't have GP, but my partner does. She was diagnosed a few years ago. Reading the posts here, things are making SO much sense! We have thought abt making more things into smoothies. Does anyone have the Nutribullet? it looks like something that'd be good, even though it's small. Thanks so much, & we're looking forward to learning more about GP!! emoticon emoticon

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