Texarkana Gazette

Slash GERD symptoms by 40%

- Drs. Oz Roizen & Advice (c)2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. King Features Syndicate

So many pro football players have had to contend with gastrointe­stinal reflux disorder that you could call their playing field a GERD-iron. But both the Denver Broncos’ John Elway and the Green Bay Packers’ Brett Favre, who suffered mightily during their former quarterbac­k days, now know how lifestyle changes can help keep GERD under control.

A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine agrees. The researcher­s found that folks who had GERD at least once a week (even those taking medication for it) and adhered to an anti-reflux lifestyle saw a 40% reduction in symptoms. That’s sending in a reliever when it’s needed!

The study identified lifestyle traits that provide relief from GERD-related nausea, burning pain, sore throat, hoarseness, burping, chest pain and more:

■ Not smoking.

■ Getting more than 30 minutes a day of brisk walking.

■ Having less than two cups of coffee, tea and or soda daily.

■ Maintainin­g a healthy weight (a body mass index of 18.4 to 24.9).

■ Eating a diet low in saturated fats, with fat calories, even from healthy fats, limited to 15% to 30% of daily calories, with no junk or ultra-processed foods, a moderate intake of alcohol and salt, and lots of high-fiber veggies and fruit.

So if you’re one of the up to 99 million Americans with GERD, get back in the game by talking to your doc about your symptoms, asking about the benefits of short-term use of medication (it is not for the long haul) and adopting a lifestyle that’ll let you score big points against GERD.

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