Acid Reflux Obesity

December 27, 2011 by staff 

Acid Reflux ObesityAcid Reflux Obesity, Symptoms of acid reflux such as heartburn are becoming more common than they were ten years ago, the prevalence of these symptoms has increased by almost 50% during the last decade, as outlined by one of the leading studies to evaluate the problem.

The research observed over 30,000 individuals in Norway over a period of 11 years. At the beginning of the study, 11.6% of people experienced symptoms of acid reflux on at least one occasion per week. By the end of the study the percentage had risen by to 17.1%, a rise of 47%.

The investigation does not make clear the reason why symptoms of acid reflux increased, although obesity is considered the most likely reason behind these results. According to researcher Elvind Ness-Jensen this means that the findings are particularly relevant to Europe, the U.S. and all other industrialized nations. He went on to explain that the results are especially worrying as individuals who have experienced acid reflux over an extended period could be more prone to developing cancer of the esophagus, altough most acid reflux sufferers do not develop esophageal cancer.

In the study, the amount of people reporting acid reflux symptoms of any description went up by 30%, and the incidence of severe symptoms increased by 24%.

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