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Many fail to digest the importance of a healthy gut

New research released to mark Gut Week has shown that millions of people suffering from recurring digestive disorders fail to seek medical help and advice.

Taking place from 20 to 26 August, the ninth annual Gut Week provides a valuable chance for people to discuss issues surrounding the gut.

Gastroparesis is a complication that occurs when the stomach nerves are damaged, resulting in the movement of food being slowed or stopped. The condition is usually associated with Type 1 diabetes, but it can occasionally develop in people with Type 2 diabetes. 

“Up to 50 per cent of people with diabetes will develop gastroparesis, or delayed stomach emptying," said Caroline Butler, Care Advisor for Diabetes UK.

"By keeping blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels well controlled, together with following a healthy lifestyle, you can help protect yourself against the long-term complications of diabetes.

"Many people find gut trouble an embarrassing issue to talk about but we would encourage anyone suffering from digestive problems to see their healthcare professional.”

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