What is Dumping Syndrome?

What is it? Is it common? How can I avoid it?

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Dumping Syndrome: simplified

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In very simple terms: Dumping syndrome is commonly caused by rapid entry of undigested food products from the stomach into the small bowel where your body is not prepared for the concentration and rushes to dilute it by "dumping" fluid and electrolytes rapidly into the contents of the intestines. This can cause discomfort and nausea with the rapid expansion and electrolyte imbalances or diarrhea due to the undigested materials.

It is commonly the result of a gastric resection or bypass or bariatric surgery procedure.

Avoiding excessively fatty or high sugar simple carbohydrate meals in small portions may help to ease the symptoms.

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