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Rhythm Announces Study Demonstrating High Prevalence of Diabetic Gastroparesis Symptoms in the U.S.
Date:5/20/2013

BOSTON, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rhythm announced today the presentation of results from a new epidemiology study demonstrating a higher prevalence of gastroparesis symptoms among diabetic patients in the U.S. than previously recognized. Prevalence of these symptoms is high among patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but this condition is significantly under-diagnosed among those with the more common type 2 disease.

Lee M. Kaplan , MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Obesity, Metabolism, & Nutrition Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, described the study, "High Prevalence and Under-Diagnosis of Gastroparesis Symptoms Among Patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus," in an oral presentation at the annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association, during the Digestive Disease Week 2013 conference in Orlando, Florida.

The primary objective of this study was to measure the prevalence and severity of symptoms among diabetic patients in the U.S. Estimates of the prevalence of diabetic gastroparesis have been highly variable, ranging from 100,000 to 2.3 million adults in the U.S. Previous studies have used varying diagnostic criteria and have generally been based on geographically limited populations. This study was a national, population-based assessment.

"There have been conflicting estimates of the prevalence of diabetic gastroparesis in the U.S.," said Dr. Kaplan. "Given the variability in clinical presentation and testing outcomes, patient symptoms have been widely recognized as the key measure of the effectiveness of different therapies. This symptom-based examination of disease prevalence thus provides a relevant assessment of the population in need of such therapies. The surprisingly high prevalence of gastroparesis symptoms in patients with type 2 diabe
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