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Other issues associated with gastroparesis:

Cancer and gastroparesis: Transient gastroparesis can sometimes occur as a side-effect of cancer treatments. This can complicate anticancer therapies, delay medication absorption, and further impair quality of life. However, gastroparesis does not lead to the development of cancer.

Smoking and gastroparesis: Smoking has the potential to cause a multitude of diseases in long term use, and can increase the risk of gastrointestinal cancers. While there is some evidence that smoking may speed up gastric emptying in some people, this must be considered alongside the numerous health consequences associated with smoking.

Passing on gastroparesis: At this stage, a genetic component to gastroparesis has not been found. Further research will be needed to shed light on whether gastroparesis is likely to run in families. However, it is possible to inherit a predisposition to diabetes, which is one of the causes of gastroparesis. Lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise will also affect the likelihood of developing diabetes.

Pregnancy and gastroparesis: Provided that the gastroparesis patient is maintaining adequate nutrition, the disorder should not hinder a pregnancy.However, pregnancy may further delay gastric emptying in some people, and gastroparesis symptoms may worsen, or may exacerbate pregnancy related symptoms such as morning sickness.


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBSclinic.mindovergut.com for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBDclinic.mindovergut.com for individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease


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