GERD Diet and This Website.
It has been estimated by some authorities that about 18 to 20% of people around the world have symptoms of acid reflux. Medicine has made great advances in the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but acid reflux disease remains a chronic and relapsing medical condition which can have serious medical complications.
The truth is that GERD often goes unrecognised and undiagnosed. It is surprising that, compared with the enormous number of individuals affected by acid reflux disease, only a small minority actually visit their doctor and seek medical treatment and advice. It is very common for individuals to self-medicate for heartburn, but gaining temporary relief of heartburn symptoms may be misleading.
The medical complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease may be hidden by a good symptomatic response to over-the-counter antacid medication or other available medications for acid reflux.
Specialists report that even patients who have very long-standing acid reflux may in fact have less symptoms over time, but the disease process may be progressing without the patient even being aware.
Gastroenterology specialists advise that the importance of making a clear diagnosis of acid reflux disease cannot be over emphasised. There have been information and education campaigns launched recently by many organisations attempting to make gastroesophageal reflux disease better known.
GERD may even increase cancer risks and publicity about cancer risks and conditions such as Barrett oesophagus have raised public awareness and increased curiosity of even those individuals who have mild forms of the condition.
It is a problem, that many gastroenterology physicians focus too readily on the medical aspects of GERD and that some physicians are not very well equipped to provide advice to their patients about lifestyle changes and suitable GERD diets for reflux disease sufferers.
Nutritional, lifestyle and dietary changes are very important in the management of acid reflux disease.
This website aims to educate individuals about heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease and acid reflux disease diet in as much detail and as comprehensively, and accurately as possible. I have reviewed the latest publications and research on GERD diet and appropriate lifestyle changes. I have studied the mechanisms and processes behind acid reflux disease and read about its many manifestations and complications. I have researched the treatments and therapies in great detail.
I have attempted to provide the acid reflux sufferer with an easy to read and up-to-date and authoritative website to provoke interest about GERD and provide the reader with well researched and helpful treatment and advice.
Having a patient orientated and realistic strategy to control heartburn through better diet and living is an important aim of this site. I have thoroughly researched the dietary and nutritional basis for the treatment of heartburn and hope to provide simple and practical guidelines that will help patients improve their quality-of-life.