Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may need to pay more attention to what they eat. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers from Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, in a new study published in BMC Gastroenterology on August 14, 2014.
GERD, the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis in Americans, is usually treated with medications including H2-receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors. These drugs are not without side effects and interactions, and in some patients, they are partially or completely ineffective. Our attention is shifting back to nonpharmacologic approaches that could decrease drug use and related side effects. A first step is dietary modification.
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