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.
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References:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... 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.
Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 8/20/2018

 

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