Health Trivia: GERD
Is caused by acid reflux
Damages the esophagus
Is commonly confused with heartburn
All of the above
Question 1 Explanation:
The answer is all of the above. Each year, the week of Thanksgiving is national gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) awareness week. Acid reflux occurs when acid produced by the stomach moves into the esophagus. When the esophagus is exposed to stomach acid one time during an acid reflux episode, people experience heartburn. GERD is different than heartburn because it is a chronic digestive condition diagnosed when acid reflux episodes occur repeatedly. This causes damage to the lining of the esophagus, and can eventually cause difficulties swallowing, a painful esophageal ulcer, or increase the risk of stomach cancer. People who are obese, pregnant, have diabetes, or smoke are more likely to develop GERD. Some lifestyle changes including maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating smaller meals, avoiding certain foods, and not lying down after a meal may help prevent GERD symptoms. To learn more about GERD, visit iTriage’s information on the subject!
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