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REFLUX AND HEARTBURN
Tips for treating Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

 

RECOMMENDED AND NOT RECOMMENDED FOODS

 

 

Diet plays a very important role in patients diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Remember that these diets are designed to reduce the symptoms that the disease produces.      

There are two necessary aspects to follow to make an important change in your daily diet: how to eat and which foods13

  • Avoid large meals
  • Stay upriht during meals
  • Avoid eating 3 to 4 hours before going to sleep
  • Eat slowly

 

Check which foods you normally consume and the ones you are going to consume from the moment the diet starts, this will help you to assess the intensity of your symptoms.

 

 

 

 

MANAGING GERD

In 2017 a study shows the ranks of the prevalence of symptoms for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in adults worldwide, the data can be seen in the following table.

 

 

As a patient you should know that you are not alone, a high percentage of the world population lives daily with this condition. The prevalence of the disease is higher if you are a smoker, have obesity or use a high amount of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)17, so if you have any of these habits or condition it is important that you begin to modify your lifestyle to decrease the prevalence of the symptoms of the disease.

Patients who have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and do not know it, mention feeling downhearted when they have a social meeting, as they are limited to the consumption of food and beverages due to the later presence of the symptoms of GERD.18

Improve your quality of life, but do not feel a prisoner of your disease, remember that there are multiple treatments for your symptoms, proton pump inhibitors are a very viable option for the management of this disease if prescribed by a health care professional.

 

 

References

13. University of Michigan . (2018). Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Guidelines for Clinical Care Ambulatory.

14. Aurora BayCare Medical Center. (2012, febrero). Aurora BayCare. Retrieved from https://ahc.aurorahealthcare.org/fywb/baycare/x14385spbc.pdf

15. HCA Healthcare. (2019, marzo). Retrieved from https://hcahealthcare.com/hl/?/650414/Dieta-en-casos-de-enfermedad-de-reflujo-gastroesof%C3%A1gico/sp

16. International Fundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. (2017, Noviembre 3). About GERD. Retrieved from https://www.aboutgerd.org/prevalence.html

17. Eusebi, L., Ratnakumaran, R., Yuan, Y., Solaymani-Dodaran, M., Bazzoli, F., & Ford, A. (2018). Global prevalence of, and risk factors for gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms:a meta-analysis. Gut, 430-440.

18. Liker, H., Hungin, P., & Wiklund, I. (2005). Managing Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Primary Care: The Patient Perspective. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 18(5), 393-400.