Risk factors for heartburn: Excess weight, smoking
Excess pounds and smoking might each raise the likelihood of frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a large study from Norway. Other factors linked to higher odds of new GERD symptoms included getting older, being a woman, having less education and even quitting smoking — if it led to weight gain. To see what characteristics predict development of GERD, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 30,000 people in Nord-Trondelag County, Norway.
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