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Options For Women Suffering With GERD

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Options For Women Suffering With GERD

Dietician Sonya Angelone says, “"Your diet choices matter. They matter in your risk of chronic diseases down the road, and in more-immediate symptoms like acid reflux."

A small number of people will need surgery after finding medication and lifestyle choices ineffective. There is the laparoscopic surgery as well as a more minimally invasive surgery known as LINX, with a band of titanium beads used to prevent stomach acids from splashing into the esophagus. (1)

GERD does not just affect lazy people who eat too much. More than 60 million Americans suffer from acid reflux, and even babies can suffer from it. GERD is diagnosed when acid reflux occurs more than two times a week and estimations are that it affects 20-30% of the Western population. If it is not treated, the reflux of stomach acid can destroy the lining of the esophagus, causing inflammation, pain and increased risk of cancer.

Just because the first treatment didn’t work doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope. There is support and there are options for women living with GERD.

1.     Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/reflux-disease-gerd-1#1Retrieved 18 March 2019. 

2.     Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20361959  Retrieved 18 March 2019.

3.     What is acid reflux? Medical News Today.  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/146619.phpRetrieved 18 March 2019.

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4.     Acid reflux? Try going vegetarian. Chicago Tribune. https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-hlth-vegetarian-acid-reflux-0920-story.htmlRetrieved 18 March 2019.

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