The term “Dumping Syndrome” is used to describe when food is dumped too quickly into the small intestine which can cause bloating, cramping, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, sweating, and rapid heartbeat about 30 to 60 minutes after eating and again 2 to 3 hours later – as you can image this can be uncomfortable, alter one’s lifestyle and at times be very embarrassing. The most common cause of dumping syndrome is stomach surgery in which the stomach is made smaller, such as in bariatric surgery, partial gastrectomy for stomach cancer, peptic ulcer or trauma.
A normal sized stomach is able to expand to temporarily store food. This allows time for the stomach muscles to churn food, physically breaking it down and mixing with acids and digestive enzymes to a liquefied form called chyme. Under these normal conditions, the stomach is able to release food into the small intestines in a controlled manner, a small amount of partially digested food at a time. After gastric surgery, a smaller sized stomach makes it harder to control when food leaves and enters the intestine.
When concentrated sugar such as in sweets, candy, sugary beverages and pudding or high osmolality drinks or medications passes too rapidly from the stomach into the intestine, the body dilutes this sugar mixture by bringing fluid from body tissues into the intestine causing cramping, and diarrhea.
After bariatric surgery, dumping syndrome can lead to malnutrition – getting enough protein after gastric surgery is hard enough, even without problems with dumping syndrome. Our Gelatein20 is the perfect answer – great tasting, sugar free and 20 grams of protein in just a 4 oz serving!. Better yet, the protein in Gelatein20 is “hydrolyzed” so when it passes through from the stomach to the intestines, the protein is already broken down, making it well tolerated even for those with dumping syndrome.