What is dumping syndrome? Is a condition or problem commonly developed on people who have gone through bariatric surgery, its basically when the solid part of a meal gets “dumped” directly from the stomach in to the small intestine without being properly digested, causing discomfort and malnutrition to the patient.
Dumping syndrome signs! Most of this symptoms are experienced from 10 to 30 minutes after eating…
· Fatigue or Weakness
· Flushing or Sweating
· Abdominal cramping or pain.
· Shakiness, Dizziness, Fainting, or passing out.
· Loss of concentration or mental confusion
· Rapid Heartbeat
· A feeling of fullness even after eating just a small amount.
How to reduce dumping syndrome?
Reduce dairy products and alcohol, avoid eating solids and drinking liquids during the same meal. In fact, don't drink 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after meals…
Avoid eating sugar and other sweets such candy, sweet drinks, cakes, cookies, pastries, sweetened breads…
Recommended type of food:
· Use Fiber Supplements! Such as psyllium (Metamucil or Konsyl), methylcellulose (Citrucel), or guar gum (Benefiber).
· Use sugar replacements, such as Splenda, Equal, or Sweet’N Low.
· Go for complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables and whole-wheat bread, instead of simple carbohydrates, such as sweet rolls and ice-cream.
· To prevent dehydration, drink more than 4 cups of water or other sugar-free, decaffeinated, noncarbonated beverages throughout the day.
Other tips to treat Dumping Syndrome after bariatric surgery…· Eat five or six small meals or snacks a day.
· Keep portions small, such as 1 ounce of meat or 1/4 cup of vegetables.
· Cut food into very small pieces.
· Chew well before swallowing.
· Combine proteins or fats along with fruits or starches. (For example, combine fruit with cottage cheese.)
· Stop eating when you first begin to feel full.
· Drink liquids 30 to 45 minutes after meals.
· Reclining after eating may help prevent light-headedness.