GERD Awareness Week

This week is national Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week. Studies show that one in three people suffer from GERD, a condition in which the contents of the stomach leak backward from the stomach into the esophagus, or food pipe, causing irritation.

Over time, persistent exposure of the delicate tissue of the esophagus to the acid content of the stomach can cause chronic inflammation of esophagitis. This can lead to a potentially serious condition called Barrett’s Esophagus.

At Duke, minimally invasive endoscopic and surgical treatments have proven to be safe, effective options to cure GERD and Barrett’s Esophagus. Learn to manage your GERD symptoms with the following tips:

  • Don’t eat dinner late
  • Eat snacks with low fat content
  • Exercise
  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid acetic fruits and juices
  • Avoid spicy and seasoned food
  • Limit alcoholic beverage consumption
  • Avoid fried foods
  • Eat several smaller meals throughout the day
  • Limit soda consumption
  • Limit extra space
  • Avoid peppermint
  • Avoid exercising after you eat
  • Don’t sleep or lie down right after you eat
  • Talk to your doctor about finding a GERD treatment that is right for you

Learn more about treatment of GERD and Barrett’s Esophagus at a free seminar. Click here to register.

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