What causes GORD?
GORD affects around 25% of the adult population on a regular basis. The disease is characterised by heartburn and gastric acid reflux. Standard care for GORD includes medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and prokinetic drugs although their success rate is relative to the cause of the individual’s condition and these medications are often associated with complications from long term use.
GORD has been linked to a variety of genetic, dietary and lifestyle factors. An Iranian study identified that GORD was significantly more likely to occur in individuals who had:
- a higher pickle consumption
- psychological distress
- took aspirin
- a family history of GORD.
- smoking caused an increase in the prevalence of GORD however this was not significant (p=0.055).
- Other studies have shown…
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