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Reducing Your Risk of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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GERD develops over time due to a variety of factors. There are no specific guidelines to help prevent GERD, but there are steps you can take to manage risk factors.

  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how you can quit. Quitting will improve overall health and restore proper blood flow and nerve function to the esophagus.
  • Maintain a proper weight. Excess weight increases pressure on the abdomen.
  • Exercise regularly—Moderate exercise helps with weight control and overall well-being.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
  • Review Date: 05/2015 -
  • Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated February 19, 2015. Accessed March 2, 2015.

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The Merck Manual Professional Edition. Available at: Updated May 2014. Accessed March 2, 2015.