Conditions That Can Increase Your Risk of GERD Include:

  • Obesity
  • Bulging of top of stomach up into the diaphragm (hiatus hernia)
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Dry mouth
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Delayed stomach emptying
  • Dietary habits and life style
  • Connective tissue disorders, such as scleroderma

Foods and Medications That May Worsen GERD Symptoms

Foods Medications
Alcoholic Beverages Anticholinergics
Carbonated Beverages Barbiturates
Citrus Fruit Drink Caffeine
Chocolate Calcium Channel Blockers(e.g. Dihydropyridine)
Coffee Nicotine
Fatty Foods Nitrates
Peppermint NSAIDs
Spicy Foods Theophyline
Tomato Products

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