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A common side effect of diabetes can be a condition called gastroparesis where the stomach nerves are damaged and don't work as well so the stomach does not empty its contents efficiently. As a result of this, gastoparesis sufferers may have a hard time digesting food and maintaining weight. Treatments include eating smaller, more frequent meals, reducing your intake of high fiber and high fat food (which can be hard to digest) and using a liquid diet until the condition lessens. Liquid calorie supplements and weight gain supplements, with measured sugars, can be invaluable to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for people with this disorder.