Category: Gastric Problems

GERD Guide for the Holiday Season

Although heartburn or GERD occurs in different people differently, certain food and drinks can trigger heartburn or worsen the existing condition and it is best to avoid such food items. There is no one size fits all treatment for GERD patients when it comes to avoiding certain foods and making lifestyle changes.

As the upcoming holiday season promises to bring with it lots of parties, feasts and scrumptious buffets, it could also result in binge eating and drinking, irregular meal intakes and late meals. Dr. Amal Upadhyay, Consultant Gastroenterology, Aster Hospital Mankhool shares a few tips to reduce GERD symptoms this festive season:

1. Avoid overeating and avoid sleeping with a full stomach, eating meals at least 2 or 3 hours before going to bed will give the food enough time to digest. So schedule those buffets early. Continue reading “GERD Guide for the Holiday Season”

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Esophageal cancer: Trends and Risks

Cancer is a condition that develops when cells in the body begin to grow uncontrollably and can develop in any part of the body. The esophagus is a 10-13 inch long muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Food that is consumed, passes through the esophagus to reach the stomach. The esophagus is made up of various layers, the inner layer of the esophagus is called the mucosa and the outer layer of the esophagus is called adventitia. Cancer of the esophagus generally starts from the inside and then grows outwards.

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Aster Hospital Uses Humor to Raise Awareness About GERD.

In line with our currently running Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) campaign, and with the aim of creating awareness among people about the condition, Aster Hospital raises the bar with an innovative GERD awareness campaign. In order set aside the tedious tone generally used with reference to awareness campaigns, Aster Hospital induces humor in this regard with the video of ‘The Popping Chicken’ to raise awareness about GERD.

Dr. Amal Upadhyay, Consultant in Gastroenterology said, “Heartburn affects 20% of the population worldwide and almost everybody experiences heartburn at some point of time. People fail to realize that reflux is a chronic condition which could lead to serious consequences if left untreated. ” 

The main character in the video is a charismatic popcorn popping chicken that connects with the people through simple humor and convinces them to consult with a specialist on observing any unusual symptoms in their body instead of opting for self-medication.

Visit Aster Hospital Mankhool’s  exclusive GERD clinic on Monday’s & Thursday’s. Our doctors are available to offer you the best of personal care, at all times. Contact us to find out how we can help you overcome the problems of GERD.

For appointment, visit – http://asterhospital.com/gerd-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease/

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Can Yoga Cure Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux, also known as Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a chronic digestive disorder in which stomach acids or contents of the stomach occasionally flow back into the esophagus or food pipe. This backwash irritates the lining of the esophagus and causes symptoms including heartburn, chest pain, dry cough, sore throat, lumpy feeling in the throat and even difficulty in swallowing. There are various causative factors of GERD, food habits being one; eating large meals and lying down immediately after a meal, being overweight, drinking excess amounts of caffeinated drinks, alcohol, carbonated drinks etc., certain food products like peppermints, spicy or fatty foods, smoking etc. can all cause worsening of reflux. The Management of food habits is an essential part of managing GERD.

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A Closer Look At GERD

With life becoming increasingly sedentary and our food more refined, the incidence of GERD is rising.

What it is

“GERD is a chronic digestive disorder in which acidic contents of the stomach flows back up into the esophagus. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach. When the muscle towards the end of the esophagus does not close properly, it allows for the stomach contents to rise back into the esophagus hence causing discomfort.”

Symptoms

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Severe Digestive Disorders in Children

“My tummy hurts” that’s something every parent hears. But if seem like your child complains about stomach problems all the time, he may have the serious digestive disorder. The conditions have different causes but share many of the same symptoms.

Bloating

Here are 3 common causes of bloating, how you can avoid them. Continue reading “Severe Digestive Disorders in Children”

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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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The link between GERD and Fatty liver

According to research done by the Emirates Gastroenterology Society, UAE is on the list of countries that are severely affected by GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD is a chronic digestive disorder affecting around 3 million people in the U.A.E today.

GERD is a condition in which the stomach acid or occasionally, contents from the stomach, flow back into the food pipe (esophagus). The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of the esophagus and causes GERD. The most common indication of having developed this condition is the presence of heart burn. Other symptoms include chest pain, difficulty in swallowing, dry cough, hoarseness of voice or a sore throat and the sensation of having a lump in the throat.

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High incidence of GERD in UAE

According to Healthline, up to 60 percent of the adult population worldwide experiences some form of acid reflux and about 20 to 30 percent of people complain about having weekly symptoms in a 12 month period.

An increasingly common digestive disorder, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the stomach acid or contents of the stomach make their way back into the esophagus (food pipe). This backwash creates a feeling of uneasiness and irritates the esophageal lining resulting in severe heartburn, which is the primary indicator of having GERD.

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