A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop peptic ulcer disease with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing peptic ulcer disease. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Risk factors for peptic ulcers fall into two categories:
Factors that actually cause peptic ulcers
Factors that irritate your stomach or increase acid production, making you more susceptible to
Some studies suggest that cigarette smoking can increase the risk of
and can slow the healing of peptic ulcers.
Drinking acidic beverages such as fruit juices and consuming caffeine-containing foods and beverages can cause stomach irritation and increase production of stomach acid. This can make you more susceptible to
Alcohol in large quantities can irritate your stomach, leading to an increased susceptibility to
Alcohol taken while you are using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents can further irritate your stomach, increasing your chance of developing a peptic ulcer.
Even in the absence of alcohol misuse, certain anti-inflammatory medications (including aspirin and most other drugs commonly available over-the-counter or by prescription as “nonsteroidals”) can increase the risk of peptic ulcer. These drugs are responsible for at least half of all peptic ulcers in elderly persons.
Helicobacter Pylori Infection
is the most well-defined risk factor for the development of peptic ulcers. You have an increased risk of being infected with
Live in crowded conditions
Live in unsanitary conditions
Use certain medications, including:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Corticosteroid drugs (although this connection is less clear than the others)
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