Issue 28, February 2011
2. Tips to reduce "Gas in the Abdomen"

    Gas in the abdomen is really a problem whether you are diabetic or not; especially when you are surrounded with people. Passing gas is a natural process of body but some people have excessive gas and gas pains that bothers them most of the time.

    One of the common cause of gastric problem is ‘Gastroparesis’ in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents (delayed gastric emptying). It affects people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and is a  type of neuropathy (nerve damage).Other reasons for common gastric problem are the excess air which we swallow when we  are nervous, eating too fast, Carbonated beverages, chew gum, drinking through a straw etc. But most lower intestinal gas is produced when bacteria in the colon ferment undigested carbohydrates in the small intestine.

    Constipation, use of some antibiotics, food intolerance (shortage or absence of certain enzymes that aid digestion), artificial sweeteners etc. can aggravate gas in the stomach

    Unfortunately foods which are included in a healthy diet are the main culprits of the gastric problem. High fibre foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (beans and peas) have so many health benefits but can also lead to the formation of gas.

How to solve this problem?

Slight change on food pattern and timings- six small meals a day instead of three large ones will be helpful to some extent.

Try to identify and limit or avoid the foods which make problem- The most common foods which produce gas are beans, vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, potato, brussels sprouts, onions,  asparagus and high fibre fruits like apple, orange etc. Whole grains, soft drinks, and milk and milk products can also produce gas.

Try to avoid fried and fatty foods-
Fat delays stomach emptying and can increase the sensation of fullness.

Temporarily switch off to high fibre diet-
Add them back gradually over weeks. But before that consult your doctor or dietician if you are a diabetic patient.

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