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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Last reviewed May 2018 by
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Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 8/20/2018