Have you heard of GERD – that stands for Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease? Many folks occasionally have heartburn or indigestion, but GERD occurs on a more regular, even daily, basis. In GERD, the stomach acid comes back up the esophagus – ouch!
GERD Study Stats:
- 200 men and women
- Average age 46
- Average weight 220 lb.
- 38 % had GERD. (Excess weight is one of the risk factors for GERD).
GERD Study Results: For 6 months these folks worked on weight loss through diet and regular exercise. The average weight loss was 37 lb. per person. And with this weight loss, only 16% of the group still had GERD symptoms (down from 38%).
GERD Study Results: After the 6 months, some folks began to gain weight, and with the weight gain, things bounced back up with GERD symptoms. At this point, 22% had GERD, up from 16%. Those who were able to keep off their weight kept the GERD symptoms away.
These study results follow the results from earlier GERD studies – keep the weight off, keep the GERD symptoms away. Now you might be thinking, well, what’s a little heartburn? LOTS of trouble, including narrowing of the esophagus and pre-cancerous changes in the lining of the esophagus. So, weight loss appears to be a benefit to GERD.