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NOT JUST HEARTBURN: UNDERSTANDING ACID REFLUX

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STATISTICS ON ACID REFLUX

  • 60 million adults experience acid reflux at least once a month
  • 25 million people deal with acid reflux on a daily basis
  • At least 50% of these people have acid reflux at night that interferes with sleep
  • The average time of an acid reflux episode is 2 hours
  • 65% of all people with acid reflux are in their 40s or older
  • Chronic acid reflux occurs at least 3 times per week
  • Chronic sufferers have a 50% chance of damaging their esophagus
  • 20% of people with acid reflux develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

CAUSES OF ACID REFLUX

  • Stomach Abnormalities. Hiatal hernia makes it easier for acid to move into your esophagus. Can happen to poepleat any age
  • Smoking. Damages mucus membranes and increases acid secretion. Reduces saliva production which normally neutralizes acid.
  • Diet. Alcohol, carbonated drinks, fatty foods, and acidic foods can all contribute to acid reflux. Consuming large meals or lying down after eating can also cause acid reflux.
  • Obesity. Excess fat puts pressure on the stomach and increases the risk of acid reflux. Losing weight may help reduce the incidence of acid reflux.

DANGERS OF UNTREATED ACID REFLUX

  • Esophagitis. A painful condition that can lead to bleeding, ulcers, or scarring.
  • Barrett's Esophagus. Esophageal lining damage causes abnormal cell changes and can lead to cancer.
  • Esophageal strictures. Scar tissue around the esophagus narrows the tube and makes it feel like food is stuck

source: refluxspecialists.com


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