Digestive Health

What is "dumping syndrome"?

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  • This term refers to the emptying of concentrated food directly into the small intestine. Gastric bypass surgery empties food from the small stomach pouch directly into the small intestine without first being diluted with fluids in the rest of the stomach. Therefore, whatever you eat empties directly into the small intestine. Sweets and fatty foods irritate the small intestine and cause discomfort. Eating and drinking fluids simultaneously will also cause this dumping syndrome. This is why we recommend waiting half an hour between eating and drinking.
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  • A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    How did surgeons ever figure out gastric bypass surgery? They latched onto the fundamental ideas for this procedure when removing stomachs in people with ulcer disease (before antacids, H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors).

    Surgeons went in there like special-ops forces and just took out what was causing the problem. But they found that patients developed symptoms and couldn't eat when food bypassed the stomach and got "dumped" right into the intestines; in that scenario, nutrients entered the bloodstream too quickly as they got mainlined directly into the sensitive absorptive areas of our bowels. This ailment earned the title "dumping syndrome" and suffering patients would feel nauseated, clammy, and sweaty.

    Now, that all sounds about as appealing as a piping hot cup of Budweiser—unless you're trying to lose a lot of weight. The surgeons found that those patients who were not experiencing digestion problems were eating smaller portions—and eating healthier foods since foods with a high sugar content really got the dumping syndrome cooking. So that made researchers believe they could curb appetites surgically by bypassing the stomach during the digestion process.
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