Find out the Risk Factors for GERD and
Almost twenty five million of the
people in the US alone experience heartburn on a daily basis. In order to be able and help themselves, each one of
them has to first identify the causes and realize what they are in fact experiencing. A survey taken by the
"Departments of public health" showed that many were not aware of the actual illness and some chose to hide it from
the doctor. As the people got older, they all seemed less likely to contact their physician and find out the causes
and risks of what is ailing them.
reflux disease has numerous factors and causes which have to be taken into consideration. Those
suffering from gerd should explore the diagnosis methods and take the required medical tests in order to find out
the severity of their reflux. Current medical education and research is still learning this disease and one can
find latest acid reflux news on a regular basis. If you look at the history of acid reflux it will become apparent
that not so long ago no one realized what was leading to reflux. Gerd risk
factors such as stomach acids, and dietary patterns as well as precautions and side effects were
and research on acid reflux
gastroenterological association works hard in order to provide a comprehensive overview which covers the treatment,
symptoms, causes and risk factors of gerd. Innovative diagnosis methods are explored and studying what we eat as
well as how that affects our stomachs provides a ton of information which can be used to combat this
Acid reflux (gerd) risk
Obesity or being overweight is one of the most common risk factors. As the body fat
pushes down on the stomach, this in turn increases the gastric pressure allowing the stomach acid to travel
up to the throat and burn the esophagus.
Pregnancy increases the levels of hormones in the body which often softens the
ligaments which usually keep the lower esophageal sphincter
(LES) closed. Whenever the LES
starts to relax, the risk of acid backing up into the throat increases tremendously. As the baby starts growing,
this adds more pressure onto the stomach area as well.
Smoking increases the amount of acid which is produced by the stomach, and
decrease the amount of saliva which is excreted. Saliva is actually one of the main bodily defenses against the
damage caused by stomach acid as it coats the back of the throat to repair and protect from further injury. Many
experts state that this is one of the most important defenses as it contains a byproduct which is able to also
neutralize the acid.
Drinking alcohol is another risk factor similar to smoking. It increases the amount of
acid produced by the stomach, relaxes the LES and
causes the esophagus to become more sensitive. It can also lead to peptic ulcers which only worsens the
drinking at the same time not only puts you in the
position of having gerd but also greatly
increases the likelihood of developing esophageal
specific foods also worsen the condition and increase the odds of developing heartburn. This
encompasses fried foods, fatty foods, spicy foods, some citrus fruits, tomatoes,
caffeine, chocolate and peppermint. Although all citrus fruits are acidic it is still widely believed
that lemons and lime actually tend to alkaline the stomach and do not cause problems for many
Living with a hiatal hernia can weaken the esophageal region and also increase the odds of
ulcers which are sores or lesions which form in the lining of the duodenum or stomach can cause a
burning pain and stop the immune system from doing a proper job fighting acid reflux.
Gastroparesis is a stomach disorder which cause the stomach to delay emptying its
contents. This in turn triggers more acid to be produced by the stomach, and additional pressure which may also
lead to gerd. This disease is mostly seen in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
habits are a risk factor as well. It
is very important to eat smaller meals during the day and not consume anything prior to at least four hours before
sleeping. This way the stomach is never overly full and has time to empty before you will lay down in your bad.
Heartburn often happens during the night and this can be one of the reasons that so many suffers fail to identify
lifestyle prevents the immune and digestive system from working properly and can also cause these
types of disorders. Start an exercise regiment and try do to cardio at least 30 minutes each day. Go over this with
your doctor if you have any injuries or have not moved around much within the last few years.
Asthma suffers due to their respiratory disease, according to studies, are very
likely to develop GERD sometime in their lifetime.
Users of nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs also known as (NSAIDs) are shown to also be at risk. This is even more prevalent for those
which share one or more of the previously mentioned gerd risk
factors on top of the conventional drug use. New York Times mentioned, and this is interesting,
that some of these NSAIDs are currently also tested for their ability to combat reflux and protect the Barrett's