A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop GERD with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing GERD. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your healthcare provider what you can do to reduce your risk.
GERD or heartburn can occur in men, women, and children of all ages, including infants.
Risk factors include:
Specific Lifestyle Factors
The following habits can increase the risk of heartburn or GERD:
Exercising immediately after eating (especially jogging or strenuous activity)
Lying down soon after meals
Bending over or straining, especially soon after meals
Alcohol (especially excess) use
Drinking carbonated beverages, caffeinated beverages, and decaffeinated coffee
Eating spicy foods or acidic foods like citrus or tomatoes
The following medical conditions may increase the risk of developing GERD:
Prior surgery for heartburn, including gastric reflux surgery and vagotomy
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a