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‘Antireflux’ lifestyle might help prevent GERD symptoms

JAMA Internal Medicine
Reuters Health - 04/01/2021 - Maintaining "an antireflux" diet and lifestyle appears to lower the risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms, new research suggests. "Our study demonstrates the critical importance of modifying one's diet and lifestyle to prevent reflux symptoms," Dr. Andrew T. Chan of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, told Reuters Health by email. "We identified that an anti-reflux lifestyle, consisting of five factors, including maintaining a healthy body weight, staying physically active, not smoking, minimizing intake of coffee, tea, or soda, and eating a healthy diet reduce in the incidence of reflux symptoms by 40%," Dr. Chan said. Nearly 30% of the U.S. population suffers from GERD. Dietary and lifestyle modifications may be recommended to prevent GERD symptoms, but prospective data supporting these recommendations are lacking, the researchers note in JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Chan ...

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