A study has been conducted to explore the possible association between vitamin B12 deficiency and gastroparesis in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetic gastroparesis is a severe diabetic complication – delayed gastric emptying in the absence of mechanical obstruction of the stomach. Vitamin B12 deficiency was suspected of being implicated in the development of diabetic gastroparesis.
A total of 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were divided into two groups: patients with gastroparesis and patients without gastroparesis. The frequency of vitamin B12 deficiency was 54.5% in patients with gastroparesis, compared to 11.1% in patients without gastroparesis. The survey concluded that vitamin B12 deficiency is an independent predictor of diabetic gastroparesis in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
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