Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease Common In Overweights

A growing amount of data implies that excess weight facilitates the development of several health issues like joint diseases, high blood pressure and cardiac problems, and adds to your chances of having cancer and post operative morbidity. In addition, obesity and excess weight is indicated to promote gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Compared with people with normal weight, overweight individuals with a body mass index of 25 kg/m2 to 30 kg/m2 are fifty percent more likely to have GERD, and obese individuals with a body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2 are twice as likely to have the disease.

In addition, the risk for gastro-esophageal reflux disease appeared to increase in a dose-response relationship with increasing weight. An additional BMI of 3.5 kg/m2 paves way to a 2.7 times more chances of having GERD. On the other hand, a loss of 3.5 body mass index units is linked to a reduction of risk by about forty percent.

The system causing the relation of obesity with GERD is still unknown. However, it was noted that being overweight has been associated with increased intra-abdominal pressure, impaired gastric emptying, decreased lower esophageal sphincter pressure, and increased frequency of transient sphincter relaxation, all of which can lead to increased esophageal acid exposure.

Obesity and being overweight increases your chances of having acidic disorders of the esophagus. It was suggested that future studies should examine the mechanism by which being overweight and obesity cause these complications, as well as the potential effects of weight loss. In the meantime, however, it is prudent to counsel all overweight patients who present with GERD-related diseases that weight loss may help improve symptoms.

It was observed in a research as well that there is an obvious connection between BMI and GERD in both sexes. Compared with persons with a body mass index below 25, the likelihood of developing gastro-esophageal reflux disease is 3.3 times greater for severely obese men with a body mass index over 35. Extremely overweight women have 6.3 times more chances of suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux disease compared to those with average weight.

It is even more dangerous to those females who have a BMI higher than 35 who have used estrogen-only hormone substitutes. They are 33 times more likely to have gastro-esophageal reflux disease compared to that of normal-weight, non-hormone users.

This research presents an obvious link between gastro-esophageal reflux disease, obesity, and hormone treatment in females. It is known that obese women have an increased production of estrogen-like substances in their fatty tissue, which may explain why weight loss helps reduce the risk of gastro-esophageal reflux disease. So, this provides another reason to attack overweight aggressively.

Excess “baggage” puts more pressure on your tummy, which might hinder the lower esophageal sphincter from opening and closing as it should.

If you are overweight, losing as little as 10 to 15 pounds may improve your symptoms of GERD. Healthcare providers suggest as well that those who suffer from GERD should avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes to decrease the strain on their tummy.