Increasing number of patients with GERD being defected, Say Experts from Aster Hospital and Clinic

Local experts urge early detection of GERD symptoms – a chronic digestive disease and encourage seeking appropriate medical attention to improve quality of life

  • On the occasion of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week, Aster Hospital and Clinic initiates a nationwide programme to increase awareness of symptoms and treatment in order to alleviate discomfort for people suffering from the disease.
  • Specialists at Aster Hospital and Clinic are receiving an increasing number of patients with this condition, with symptoms persisting for months. They often receive 2 to 3 patients a day with GERD. In the last 1.8 years, they have treated around 320 patients with the condition.
  • According to a 2014 report, by Emirates Gastroenterology Society, around 30% of the population in the UAE suffers from GERD .

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Obesity and GERD – A heavy load indeed

As per WHO reports, at least 2.8 million people die every year from being overweight or obese. According to revelations of a health study, more than 35% men and over 30% women in Dubai are overweight with a total 12% being obese. Obesity is on the rise in the UAE and also globally, studies report that the rate of obesity in UAE is double the world average.

This is a rather substantial issue in the UAE that only seems to be getting worse. Many point to the lifestyles in UAE as a major contributor of this health condition. Easily accessible fast foods, long working hours, lack of any physical activity etc. are leading contributors to the rising numbers. BMI or body mass index is the measure of obesity that is calculated using a person’s height and weight. A BMI of 20-25 is considered healthy, BMI greater than 25 is considered overweight and greater than 30 is considered obese. An obese individual may be more prone to major health issues like conditions of the heart, breathing problems, diabetes, knee and joint pains, difficulty in walking, GERD etc.

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Bad breath, a silent symptom of GERD

If regular brushing, flossing and popping innumerable breath mints does not work for bad breath, it is time to realise that the problem is deeper and beyond the mouth. GERD has a definite link to bad breath which is a rather embarrassing problem, causes for which sometimes can be medical.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when the acids of the stomach generally flow back into the food pipe or esophagus, this reaction irritates the esophagus hence causing GERD. The acid moving back into the esophagus may cause a burning sensation, discomfort and tissue damage. With reflux, an enzyme called ‘pepsin’ enters the throat which causes unpleasant breath.

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