Gastroparesis is a serious health condition caused by a damaged nerve that sometimes prevents food from moving through the digestive system properly. It is often a complication resulting from uncontrolled diabetes, and preventable when diabetes is well managed. “Gastroparesis & Diabetes Link” will be the topic of discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting Room at Mason General Hospital as well as the the topic of discussion at the next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.
MGH Family Health practitioner Dianna Kaiser, ARNP, will speak at the meeting, discussing what gastroparesis is, how it is identified, treated, and prevented. Family members/significant others are encouraged to attend for the support they can provide to their loved ones managing diabetes.
The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at MGH every third Thursday of the month from September to June. It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information, call Sue Barwick at (360) 427-7332.