As I explain in the next article, one of the chief roles of stomach acid is to inhibit bacterial overgrowth. At a pH of 3 or less (the normal pH of the stomach), most bacteria can’t survive for more than 15 minutes. But when stomach acid is insufficient and the pH of the stomach rises above 5, bacteria begin to thrive.
They block the wall of the stomach which allows for time for the stomach and the esophagus to heal. Protonix is for prescription use only, meaning that it cannot just be generically bought. The medical term for what the drug is used to contain is, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. Most doctors will prescribe Pantoprazole for anyone that has any time of acid buildup, but there are still many other options that are plausible.
So many people also get reflux as one of their most common symptoms. I think perhaps that whatever causes the reflux makes us more sensitive to other chemicals, because I’ve had reactions to all sorts of drugs whenever I’ve had to have surgery. I don’t know if what I get is actually real hypoglycemia or not, but it has similar symptoms.
I have to eat meat every few hours to keep my sugar stable and if my sugar goes low i have to drink milk it’s the only thing my body tolerates to bring my sugar up without causing a big swing in my blood sugar. I can not seem to heal my stomach up because of the foods i have to eat they seemto make my stomach worse i even have to eat fats with the meats they seem to bring my sugar up and make it more stable. My low blood sugar is mild in comparison.
The resolution of the symptoms is because food stimulates the stomach to increase it’s emptying action and also acts as a excellent acid neutralizer. We have experienced this before when we have been nauseated or vomiting from the flu or during pregnancy – we will eat some toast, soup or crackers to help us deal with the nausea we experience. The association of these symptoms and their resolution with food understandably but mistakenly attributed to low blood sugar.
What you’re feeling is stomach acid or bile flowing back up into your esophagus. This is often accompanied by heartburn, which is characterized by a burning or tightening sensation in the chest behind the breastbone. If symptoms appear after eating, they will need another glucose test after eating. Anybody who experiences the symptoms of hypoglycemia but does not know why should see a doctor. Another possible cause of hypoglycemia is insulin autoimmune syndrome, a rare disease that happens when the body’s immune system attacks insulin, mistaking it for an unwanted substance.
- Since starting the plan it’s gradually waned, and I’m now off all medication.
- In the mean time, Ensure meal replacement drinks can be helpful between meals and before bed.
- by stress or illness ,you will not be able to raise your blood sugar.
- It is part of a group of drugs that are commonly known as proton pump inhibitors.
- Hypoglycemia is one of the deadliest side effects of diabetes, and often, of diabetic medication as well.
- We know that many people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight, so it seems to make sense that GERD is more common in these individuals.
When you swallow, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) normally relaxes to let food and liquid travel from your esophagus to your stomach. The LES is a circular band of muscles located between your esophagus and stomach. After food and liquid enter the stomach, the LES tightens and closes the opening.
Dumping syndrome is also known as rapid gastric emptying. Dumping syndrome occurs when your stomach empties its contents too quickly into your intestine. For many people, this condition is managed with dietary changes.
One of the nerves diabetes may damage is the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve controls the movement of food through the stomach. I am convinced the vast majority of the patients with heartburn or misinterpreted sense of hunger or low blood sugar have gastroparesis because of underlying autonomic nervous system (ANS) abnormalities. Whether you have heartburn (GERD), bloating with meals or symptoms commonly attributed to hypoglycemia, you may not know it but one of the most common causes for all of these conditions is a gastrointestinal disorder known as gastroparesis.
Your doctor may also order tests, such as an oral glucose tolerance test or a gastric emptying scan, to confirm the diagnosis. Dumping syndrome is a group of symptoms, such as diarrhea, nausea, and feeling light-headed or tired after a meal, that are caused by rapid gastric emptying. Rapid gastric emptying is a condition in which food moves too quickly from your stomach to your duodenum. As mentioned, delayed gastric emptying also leads to frequent, and possibly severe, reflux or regurgitation of stomach contents into the mouth, causing a bad taste of stomach acid.
Be proactive with this knowledge. If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes and have heartburn, then simply knowing that your diabetes could be the cause is helpful. The discomfort caused by acid reflux may motivate you even more to be even more vigilant in the control your diabetes. Gastroparesis may also impact your absorption and you may not be benefiting from supplements or medications prescribed for your diabetes. This is the reason why giving oral drugs to patients with GERD may be challenging if the underlying gastroparesis is not addressed.