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Friday, March 10, 2006

Kill Two G's with One Stone

Say this ten times fast: “gastroesophageal reflux disease”.

I’ll cut you a break. Just say GERD.

GERD occurs when stomach acid or bile flows back into your body’s “food pipe”, causing irritation and inflammation of your esophagus lining.

As if this condition weren’t painful enough, other GI disorders often accompany it. The most common are (you guessed it) gas, flatulence, transit disorders, and abdominal distension.

Add irritable bowel syndrome and dyspepsia to the mix, and you’ve stirred up one unpleasant GI cocktail. Indeed, a recent French study reports GI disorders are three times more common in adult patients suffering with GERD, compared to the general population.

There is a ray of hope. About a third of the patients reported that treatment for GERD alleviated their other GI disorders, too—particularly dyspeptic-type symptoms.

The take away? If you suffer with GERD and other GI issues, ask your doctor about GERD treatment options. In the meantime, avoid self-prescribing over-the-counter medications, maintain a healthy diet, and increase your exercise levels to maximize your chances of feeling great.

2 Comments:

  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    thanks bill. I've suffered from this my whole life and learned recently that my maternal grandfather suffered from something quite similar. Is GERD hereditary and how can you prevent it if there is a family history of it?

     
  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    Bill, this is a very interesting post. I noticed in the CNN article that obesity can lead to GERD. We all know that obesity is on the rise mainly because of how we eat as Americans. It's scary to think of what the future will bring.

     

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