Dumping Syndrome

Dumping Syndrome is classified as a gastrointestinal disorder. It is also referred to as rapid gastric emptying of the stomach’s contents.

The early symptoms associated with dumping syndrome are most common during a meal or within 15 to 30 minutes following a meal. The symptoms are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Flushing
  • Dizziness, Lightheadedness

Later symptoms that may occur one to three hours, or more after eating, are primarily due to dumping large amounts of sugars (sucrose or fructose) into the small bowel (hyperglycemia), resulting in the release of large amounts of insulin (hypoglycemia). The symptoms are:

  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Heart Palpitations, rapid heart rate

Dumping syndrome is a common occurrence in people that have undergone bariatric surgery procedures, involving gastric bypass of the stomach.

Dumping syndrome is very common in people that have Hypochlorhydria or Achlorhydria. Hypochlorhydria andAchlorhydria will cause reflex dumping of the stomach contents, more commonly known as Dumping Syndrome. The pyloric sphincter, on average, will start to relax and dump the contents of the stomach when the strength of the gastric fluid is at pH 4.0 to 4.5.

Dumping syndrome will result in reduced sterilization, conversion and emulsification of the nutrients consumed. Raw nutrients are dumped into the small bow resulting in allergic reactions, like the symptoms listed above. Premature or rapid dumping of the stomach contents results in reduced absorption of the necessary vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients necessary to support the immune system and overall body functions. The poor conversion of nutrients will result in excessive weight gain and is another symptom of the Hypochlorhydria.