Lifestyle Changes to Manage Peptic Ulcer Disease
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Changes to lifestyle habits can help some people. These may be:
Smoking causes inflammation and increases stomach acid. It also slows healing. Not smoking may ease symptoms.
Alcohol can irritate the stomach lining. This can worsen symptoms. Alcohol should be limited to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 2/3/2020
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