Archbold Hosts Health Talk on Digestive Diseases Linked to Diabetes
Wednesday, August 29, 2014
Frequent urination and feelings of excessive thirst, hunger and extreme fatigue are common symptoms of diabetes. But according to recent studies, several digestive diseases have been linked to diabetes, too.
“Digestive diseases and diabetes are serious issues that affect millions of Americans,” said Archbold Memorial Hospital gastroenterologist Peter Ojuro, D.O. “And understanding the link between the two diseases helps us treat the patient even more effectively than before.”
According to the World Journal of Gastroenterology, 40% of people with diabetes have GERD, a chronic condition also referred to as acid reflux, in which stomach acids back into your esophagus causing you to feel an uncomfortable burning in your chest or throat. Nerve damage, which is also a common complication of diabetes, puts patients with diabetes at an even higher risk of developing GERD. Damage to the nerves can cause the lower esophageal sphincter which is responsible for opening and closing the lower end of the esophagus to malfunction causing stomach contents to flow back up into the esophagus.
“GERD is very treatable but it’s best for us to catch it early. If left untreated it can turn into a very serious problem,” said Dr. Ojuro.
Gastroparesis, another digestive disease, has also been linked to diabetes. The disease is usually caused by nerve damage which affects the stomach from emptying food properly.
“If food sits in the stomach for too long, pressure will build and cause the stomach sphincter to relax. This causes the contents of the stomach to back up into the esophagus,” said Dr. Ojuro. “Patients with gastroparesis often feel full faster or experience other symptoms such as nausea and bloating.”
Diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems, and puts many diabetic patients at greater risk for digestive disease. But with the proper treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications associated with the disease.
As part of Archbold’s continuing Health Talk free community lecture series, Dr. Ojuro will present “Listen to Your Gut. How Diabetes Can Lead to Digestive Disease,” on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6pm. Details of symptoms and treatment options for digestive diseases linked to diabetes will be discussed. The talk is being offered free as a clinical outreach effort to uphold Archbold’s core value of community benefit. Dr. Ojuro is board certified in gastroenterology and practices at the Archbold Gastroenterology Group.
The lecture begins at 6pm and will be held in Williams Auditorium in the East Tower of Archbold Memorial Hospital. Dinner will be served. Pre-registration is required; call 229-584-5520 or visit www.archbold.org.