Reflux Treatment A Weighty Issue

Other important lifestyle measures look at factors such as obesity or being overweight.

Although many people who have reflux are quite trim there are many who are not.  If you have any excess weight, particularly in your abdomen, it increases the amount of pressure within the abdomen in itself, which increases the amount of pressure on the stomach, which in turn increases the stomach yield pressure. This means that your lower esophageal sphincter has to be even stronger to hold back that extra pressure created by the extra body fat.  We often find patients who lose a small amount of their body fat see significant improvements in their reflux symptoms and regain control over the disease. 

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