GERD Awareness Week is November 22-28, 2015. But what exactly is GERD?
By Rebecca Cline, BS, Dietetic Intern
GERD is a very common disorder, and it stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is weak or relaxing inappropriately, leading to the contents in the stomach coming back up into the esophagus. Heartburn and reflux are the two most common symptoms of GERD; however, some less common symptoms to be aware of include difficulty or pain swallowing, hoarseness, or a sense of food sticking in the esophagus. This chronic disease can be managed with several lifestyle changes, highlighted in the infographic below. Click the sheet for an enlarged version of various strategies for managing GERD.
For more resources, visit: www.aboutgerd.org