Our focus this month is gastroparesis, or delayed gastric emptying. August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month and we are taking this opportunity to share several topics that are of interest, whether you are just learning about gastroparesis for the first time, or you are looking for ways to support research and raise awareness for the condition. Enjoy!

Gastroparesis Awareness Month
This August we are urging everyone to get the facts about gastroparesis. This disorder affects up to five million people in the US, but it remains a hidden condition for many. Visit www.aboutgastroparesis.org, to learn more about the condition or visit our website below to find out how you can recognize Gastroparesis Awareness Month in your community.

What can cause gastroparesis?
In most people with gastroparesis, their condition is termed "idiopathic," meaning the cause is unknown. But for others, the reason can be identified. As we recognize Gastroparesis Awareness Month we share some of the things that can cause this poorly understood, yet increasingly prevalent digestive disorder. 


The 2nd annual Go With Your Gut 5K & virtual race

Take part in the 2nd Annual Go With Your Gut 5K by running a virtual race to support gastroparesis research. This weekend Lindsay, who held her first (and very successful!) Go With Your Gut event last year, will be hosting the event in Ohio, but she also invites you to take part from wherever you live! Sign up to virtually run (or walk) the race and she will send you a t-shirt. Visit Lindsay's fundraising page for details. 
Statement in the House on Gastroparesis Awareness Month

Wisconsin House Representative Gwen Moore made an official statement supporting the national recognition of August as Gastroparesis Awareness Month. She also urged her colleagues to support increased research to find more effective treatments for the condition.
IFFGD, a nonprofit organization, and its grassroots arm, the Digestive Health Alliance (DHA), rely on donor support to fund research and to provide reliable information and support to those affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.


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