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Charlene J. Owen, Contributor
 
November 27, 2012

Losing Weight May Prevent Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

The back flow of food and acids from your stomach to your esophagus is never a good feeling, but a change in lifestyle can help avert it. By Charlene J. Owen

 At one point or another, you've probably experienced that uncomfortable sensation of having the contents of your stomach flow back to your throat. It's not really considered as barfing as much as it is a symptom of gatroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and if you're experiencing this too often, you may be overweight.

A study posted on MedicalNewsToday.com has found that symptoms of GERD increase as your waistline measurement does.

Ronnie Fass, M.D., Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Head of the Esophageal and Swallowing Center at MetroHealth Medical Center Cleveland in Ohio, explains that continuous increase in your body mass index (BMI) may cause more serious implications brought about by GERD. The back flow of intestinal acids can irritate, damage, and erode the esophagus over time, causing it to bleed or narrow.  

According to scientists, one of the best ways to avoid GERD is to lose weight.

Losing weight may be a long and tedious process, but it's well worth the effort. Start out by managing the serving sizes of your food. Eat healthier and try to avoid consuming high-calorie meals. Lastly, start an exercise regimen. There are many interesting classes out there that will surely fit your tastes. If you want something that will match your unpredictable schedule, try running. Not only is it cheaper than a gym membership but you can also do it in your own pace.

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