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Reducing Your Risk of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERD develops over time due to a variety of factors. There are no specific guidelines to help prevent GERD, but there are steps you can take to manage risk factors.

  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how you can quit. Quitting will improve overall health and restore proper blood flow and nerve function to the esophagus.
  • Maintain a proper weight. Excess weight increases pressure on the abdomen.
  • Exercise regularly—Moderate exercise helps with weight control and overall well-being.
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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated April 11, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Merck Manual Professional Version. Available at:
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Updated May 2014. Accessed March 2, 2015.
Last reviewed June 2016 by Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2015

 

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