GERD also known as, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a chronic digestive disorder. In normal digestive function the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) contracts in such a way to keep food contents and acid from spilling out of the stomach and back up into the esophagus. The severity of GERD is directly related to the function of the weakened LES muscle. Other contributing factors include, the type/amount of stomach content brought up and the neutralizing effects of saliva. Although considered to be a chronic condition, it is very common as close to 5 million Canadians suffer at least once a week from the effects. In recent years, the rate of children diagnosed with GERD has continued to rise as childhood obesity soars. Most often GERD can be reversed through a series of lifestyle changes, although more serious cases may require further medical attention.
April 04, 2016 by Annie