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Obesity - Leading Cause of Acid Reflux

November 23, 2012 by Teresa     0

Acid reflux is on the rise. A headline like this causes one to start thinking about illnesses in the past, before antibiotics, that swept the country with unrelenting consequences. Although many of those illnesses are now controlled if not done away with completely, many Americans still experience poor health. Acid reflux or GERD can be chronic and painful. It can lead to more serious diseases or even cancer. However, the drastic rise in patients with acid reflux in many cases may be avoidable. One of the leading causes of acid reflux is obesity.

Obesity is a topic that has personal meaning to almost everyone these days. If we aren't overweight ourselves, then we probably know at least one person that is significantly heavier than what is recommended. It may be our spouse, a relative, a neighbour or even a child. All you have to do is sit in a mall for thirty minutes and engage in the act of “people watching” to confirm that more and more Americans are obese than ever before, about 50% more, in fact.

There are lots of reasons why so many people are living lives that aren't as healthy as they could be, but obesity is largely caused by certain lifestyles and in many cases can be controlled. The abdominal pressure that goes along with being obese may produce more reflux of stomach acid. Combined with consuming a diet high in fat, which is customary these days, it isn't too surprising to find out that acid reflux has become such a common ailment.

We have a more sedentary lifestyle than in the past and our diets are not always healthy. Furthermore, even though we move less than our ancestors, we consume more calories than they did. Add to that the enormous amount of junk food that is part of our daily diet and it is clear that keeping our weight at a healthy level can be a challenge.

If you already suffer from acid reflux, talk to your doctor. Losing weight, exercise, and other lifestyle changes along with proper medication such as Prevacid generic can help to control the pain of acid reflux. Ask your doctor for a sensible diet plan. Weight loss should not be too rapid. In the end, you will feel better.

Filed under: Causes of Acid Reflux.

Tags: obesity, acid reflux, gerd, obese, reflux of stomach acid, prevacid generic.

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