One of the most common questions I receive is “Did you ever have issues with Dumping? And do you still?” Dumping syndrome is a side effort of gastric bypass weight loss surgery. Some think it is a benefit of the surgery. Some choose not to have gastric bypass because they know it is a possibility. They choose a different form of weight loss surgery because they want no chance of Dumping.
I have always experienced dumping since day one of my surgery. Gastric Dumping Syndrome is a result of the RNY surgery.
Although I am many years post surgery I still do dump when eating high fat and or high sugar items.
Some incidents can be worse then others.
So the simple answer is yes I do dump.
In the beginning my dumping events were more severe, but many years out I can still have a bad dumping incident causing me to have to lay down and or run for the bathroom.
I steer clear of those things that cause me to dump.
There are two things that always make me dump to this day. Ice cream and artificial fats.
Ice cream is the one thing that is a guarantee to make me dump. I eat it rarely and my family loves ice cream so typically I will have a taste of someones, but I’ve learned the hard way not to break down and have my own. I’ll only end up on the couch moaning, sweating and making promises never to eat ice cream again.
In the beginning I watched my sugars very closely. I never ate any packaged food with more than 8 grams of sugar in a serving. Now give that a try! It’s not many foods. it may have been one of the driving factors why I don’t eat many packaged foods today. I just don’t eat processed food on a regular basis. I eat food. Pure and simple.
I also want to talk about “Late Dumping.” It is something I experience now that I am later in my journey.
Late Dumping is a form of Gastric Dumping Syndrome. Late dumping is also a form of Hypoglycemia. It is when after 1-4 hours of eating you experience similar symptoms to dumping. What happens is you ingest too much sugar, and your now smaller stomach does not digest it properly so your intestines absorb and deposit too much of it into your blood stream. Your body compensates by releasing more insulin which makes your blood sugar drop.
This is not a fun feeling. Anxiety. Panic. A desperate feeling to eat.
My co-workers were the victims of my symptoms too. They were in fact the ones who ended up insisting that I do something about my “Grumpy Events.”
How do I avoid this? Well I have to be really good about NOT eating snacks or meals that have a higher percentage of processed carbohydrates or sugar. I keep my protein/fat/carbohydrate percentages at a personally defined balance and that works for me.
I’ll close this post referencing my blogging friend Penny’s website and article about Reactive Hypoglycemia. She writes a GREAT weight loss surgery and nutrition blog called Remake My Plate. She is someone I look to for nutritional advice after weight loss surgery. She is a nurse and is currently studying to get her nutrition degrees. She is a MUST FOLLOW blog for any weight loss surgery post op.
Please do leave me a comment and tell us if you experience Dumping? Late Dumping? Hypoglycemia? Make sure you let us know where you are in your journey and how you deal with it to better understand your comment. Thanks!
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Here are some other sources for information on Dumping:
I liked this source for detailed information on dumping and late dumping
Wikipedia will tell you some more details about Gastric Dumping Syndrome
Here’s another resource I thought was helpful Gastric Dumping
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