How Anti-Reflux Lifestyle Factors Can Help Prevent GERD? Find Out What Experts Say

A long-running Nurse’s Health Study suggest that following five diet and lifestyle factors can help prevent symptoms related to gastroesophageal reflux also known as GERD.

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This study provides evidence that common and debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms could be well controlled in many cases with diet and lifestyle modifications alone.

--according to principal investigator Dr. Andrew Chan from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Given that there are long-term health effects of GERD and lingering concerns about the side effects of medications used to treat it, lifestyle should be considered the best option for controlling symptoms.

 --Dr. Chan said.


The five diet and lifestyle factors investigated included at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily such as brisk walking, normal weight, prudent diet, limiting coffee, tea, and soda consumption to less than 2 cups daily and no smoking.


Generally, following all five factors was correlated with a 37 percent lower rate of GERD symptoms. Each of the five factors as anti-reflux lifestyle was independently correlated with some extent of lessening GERD symptoms.


We were particularly interested in the effectiveness of physical activity.

-- said Dr. Andrew Chan.


Being physically active may help with the clearance of stomach acid which causes heartburn symptoms.

--Dr. Andrew Chan explained.


The experts found that the more anti-reflux lifestyle factors that the participants adopted and complied with, the greater the reduction in GERD symptoms. The risk of developing or having GERD symptoms was decreased by up to 50 percent when all five factors were adopted and strictly adhered to compared with non-adoption.

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