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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.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116914/Gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-GERD. Updated April 11, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Merck Manual Professional Version. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal%5Fdisorders/esophageal%5Fand%5Fswallowing%5Fdisorders/gastroesophageal%5Freflux%5Fdisease%5Fgerd.html. Updated May 2014. Accessed March 2, 2015.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 06/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015