8 Ways to Treat GERD

Ignoring the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to serious problems ranging from difficulty breathing to esophageal cancer. Use these tips for getting reflux under control (9 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:08PM

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8 Ways to Treat GERD

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Lose Weight -- Even a Little Bit Helps

GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) doesn’t close properly, allowing stomach acid to flow into the esophagus. Gaining weight can make symptoms worse because of increased pressure in the abdomen and on the LES. “Studies have shown that even minor weight loss may improve symptoms,” says Patricia L. Raymond, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G., associate professor of clinical internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “Aim for a 10-percent reduction of your current body weight.”

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