Mumbai: Recently doctors have noticed an increase in the number of patients suffering from symptoms such as heartburn and stomachache, This has caused them to become increasingly concerned about the long-term effects of untreated acid reflux,
Acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a digestive disorder that affects the lower oesophageal sphincter and causes painful symptoms like heartburn, regurgitation, and chest pain. Left untreated, this condition can cause serious problems such as tissue damage and an increased risk for certain cancers.
Dr Sunny AgarwalAdvanced Laparoscopic and LASER Surgeon, Fortune Clinic Mumbai said, “Around 20 percent of walk-in patients for OPD The consultations have complained of suffering from acid reflux every week. But it’s not just adults who suffer, even children in the family have been diagnosed with GERD. This increase in acid reflux cases could be due to changes in eating habits and an increase in obesity. Stressful lifestyles and lack of sleep can also lead to an increased risk of developing acid reflux. Coffee, alcohol, and smoking are bad for any GERD sufferers.”
As the number of acid reflux cases continues to rise, medical professionals are warning that the condition is becoming a major health concern in young adults and children, especially among those aged 18-24.
Focussing on the need to tackle GERD, Agarwal further added, “It is strongly recommended that individuals with GERD should initially endeavor to make diet and lifestyle modifications as their primary treatment method. This involves the adoption of an appropriate dietary regimen that is low in fat, avoidance of foods known to trigger GERD symptoms, and increased ingestion of dietary fiber. In addition, patients should strive to cease any behaviors deemed detrimental to health such as smoking and alcohol consumption.”