Reducing Your Risk of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
GERD develops over time due to a variety of factors. There are no specific guidelines to help prevent GERD, but there are steps you can take to manage risk factors.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how you can quit. Quitting will improve overall health and restore proper blood flow and nerve function to the esophagus.
- Maintain a proper weight. Excess weight increases pressure on the abdomen.
- Exercise regularly—Moderate exercise helps with weight control and overall well-being.
- Daus Mahnke, MD
- Reviewed: 06/2016
- Updated: 05/20/2015
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