Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

Gastroparesis Awareness Month – August 2023

Gastroparesis Awareness Month is observed in August every month. It was founded in 2016 by the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (I.F.F.G.D.), which uses its platform to support the gastroparesis community by raising awareness, promoting education, and encouraging research. Its goal is to educate people about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options. The main reason for raising awareness is that the symptoms are quite common and easily confused with other diseases and medical problems, resulting in people not receiving the appropriate medical treatment promptly. Those affected experience a variety of gastrointestinal issues, which limit their physical activity and overall quality of life.

History of Gastroparesis Awareness Month

Gastroparesis Awareness Month takes place in August. This awareness initiative was first listed on the United States National Health Observances Calendar in 2016. It is sponsored by the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. The observance aims to focus attention on treatment, diagnosis, and general health issues associated with this poorly understood condition. Gastroparesis prevents the stomach from properly passing food into the small intestine.

Gastroparesis — also known as delayed gastric emptying — is a medical condition characterized by weak muscular contractions of the stomach (peristalsis). This results in food and liquid remaining in the stomach for long periods. As a result, stomach contents move more slowly into the duodenum of the digestive tract. This can lead to poor nutrient absorption and poor glycemic control.

Gastroparesis has symptoms ranging from life-limiting to life-threatening. Some people call it having a paralyzed stomach: ‘gastro’ means stomach and ‘paresis’ means paralysis. Symptoms typically appear during or after a meal and can appear abruptly or gradually. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, feeling full while eating, early satiety, heartburn, and abdominal bloating are all symptoms.

Barium beefsteak meals, radioisotope gastric-emptying scans, barium swallow x-rays, gastric manometry, and esophagogastroduodenoscopy are all used to make a diagnosis. Dietary changes, treatments to stimulate gastric emptying, medications to reduce vomiting, and surgical approaches are all part of the treatment.

Gastroparesis Awareness Month timeline

1958
Diabetic Gastroparesis is Discovered

Diabetic gastroparesis is first observed in type 1 diabetic patients.

2000
Hospitalization Reaches New Heights

The number of hospitalized persons associated with gastroparesis increases.

2016
Gastroparesis Awareness Month is Established

The I.F.F.G.D. establishes Gastroparesis Awareness Month.

2017
Age Adjustment

On January 1, the age adjustment of gastroparesis per 1,000 people rises higher for women than for men.

Gastroparesis Awareness Month FAQs

How can you get rid of gastroparesis quickly?

Consume low-fat, high-fiber foods, change your eating habits, consume soft, well-cooked foods, instead of two or three large meals a day, eat five or six small, nutritious meals, stay away from alcohol e.t.c.

What are the most common reasons for gastroparesis?

Gastrointestinal viral infections, hypothyroidism, scleroderma and other autoimmune diseases are linked, the vagus nerve may be injured as a result of surgery on your esophagus, stomach, or small intestine, or certain nervous system disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, are linked disorders.

Is gastroparesis reversible?

Gastroparesis cannot be cured. It is a long-term, chronic condition that cannot be reversed. A doctor can devise a strategy to help you manage symptoms and reduce the risk of serious complications.

How to Observe Gastroparesis Awareness Month

  1. Create a strong support network

    Many people suffering from gastroparesis may feel isolated. Trying to get through everything without a support system can be extremely overwhelming, so do your best to create a support network for affected people around you.

  2. Study more about gastroparesis

    Collect facts and other useful information about gastroparesis from the websites of organizations that promote gastroparesis awareness. Make a list of the most useful information and share it on your social media accounts.

  3. Make yourself a drink

    Learn how to make broth. It can be extremely useful to have on hand when eating is difficult, and it contains a wealth of essential vitamins and minerals.

5 Important Facts About Gastroparesis

  1. Gastroparesis is nicknamed ‘stomach paralysis’

    Food becomes "stuck" in the stomach of people with gastroparesis because the stomach isn't as active as it should be.

  2. Quick refill

    Because food stays in the stomach longer in people with gastroparesis than in people with healthy digestive systems, gastroparesis patients frequently feel full soon after starting a meal.

  3. Diabetic gastroparesis

    Elevated blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage over time.

  4. Common medications can aggravate gastroparesis

    Medication cannot cause gastroparesis but it can make it worse.

  5. Undigested food can form a bezoar

    A bezoar, or mass of undigested matter, develops in about 6% of people with gastroparesis

Why Gastroparesis Awareness Month is Important

  1. Encouraging diagnosis and treatment

    Gastroparesis cannot be completely cured, but its symptoms can be managed through proper care and medication. Early diagnosis can improve treatment results.

  2. Celebrating the contributors

    Gastroparesis Awareness Week helps to highlight the efforts of organizations and medical professionals who have contributed to the research and diagnosis of gastroparesis. The week also aims to garner support and compensation for these contributors.

  3. It encourages people to pay attention to their health

    Gastroparesis Awareness Week motivates people, especially adults, to take care of their digestive health. People all around the world learn how to manage the symptoms and become motivated to make adequate dietary and lifestyle changes to prevent various digestive problems.

Gastroparesis Awareness Month dates

YearDateDay
2023August 1Tuesday
2024August 1Thursday
2025August 1Friday
2026August 1Saturday
2027August 1Sunday
International Clown Week
National Minority Donor Awareness Week
World Breastfeeding Week
Albariño Day
Asahna Bucha Day
August Moon Festival
Benin Independence Day
Colorado Day
DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
Emancipation Day (Guyana)
Full Moon Day of Waso
Guadalcanal Province Day
Homemade Pie Day
International Can-It Forward Day
International Childfree Day
Lammas Day
Lughnasadh
National Andrew Day
National Day of Benin
National Girlfriend Day
National Minority Donor Awareness Day
National Night Out
National Promise to Care Day
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
Planner Day
Play Ball Day
Respect For Parents Day
Rounds Resounding Day
Santo Domingo Celebrations Start
Santo Domingo Celebrations Start
Scout Scarf Day
Spider-Man Day
Start Up Day Across America
Switzerland National Day
Tu B'Av
Woman Astronomers Day
World Lung Cancer Day
World Wide Web Day
Yorkshire Day
American Adventures Month
American Artist Appreciation Month
Back to School Month
Black Business Month
Child Support Awareness Month
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Family Fun Month
Gastroparesis Awareness Month
Happiness Happens Month
MedicAlert Awareness Month
Motorsports Awareness Month
National Breastfeeding Month
National Catfish Month
National Civility Month
National Eye Exam Month
National Goat Cheese Month
National Golf Month
National Hair Loss Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Language Month
National Panini Month
National Peach Month
National Sandwich Month
National Traffic Awareness Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month
Rawgust
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
Summer Sun Safety Month

Want to sponsor this holiday?

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.