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Reducing Your Risk of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERD happens slowly over time for many reasons. There is no way to prevent it. But, these steps can help:
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how you can quit. Quitting will restore blood flow and nerve function to the esophagus.
  • Maintain a proper weight. Excess weight puts more pressure on the belly.
  • Exercise regularly—Moderate exercise helps with weight control and overall well-being.

References

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116914/Gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-GERD . Updated September 14, 2017. Accessed August 20, 2018.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Merck Manual Professional Version. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal-disorders/esophageal-and-swallowing-disorders/gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-gerd. Updated April 2018. Accessed August 20, 2018.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
  • Review Date: 05/2018
  • Update Date: 08/20/2018
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