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International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)

Digestive Health Monthly - November 2016

The 17th Annual GERD Awareness Week is November 20-26, 2016. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a very common disorder. Each year around the week of Thanksgiving, IFFGD encourages people experiencing symptoms, which may be GERD-related, to consult their physician and to learn more about the condition .

This month, we are taking a closer look at GERD symptoms and treatments and some of the ways people suffering with symptoms can find relief.    

GERD and Weight 
Can you reduce heartburn by burning calories?
Digestive diseases and disorders like reflux disease or GERD are seen more commonly in overweight individuals than in those with a normal weight. In some people, losing just 5 or 10 pounds may be enough to reduce symptoms of reflux. 

Click here for nutrition and exercise tips that may help alleviate your reflux symptoms.

Questions & Answers About PPIs   

If you're thinking about taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for your GERD or are currently taking one, you may have some questions about the differences between various PPI brands. Find answers to some common questions about PPIs here.
And, as with any medication, be sure to let your doctor know of any concerns you may have.
Eating for GERD

Dietary modifications for digestive conditions like GERD often begin with a laundry list of foods to avoid. But, coming up with the appropriate diet changes involves discovering what works best for you. It is equally important to spend time discovering the things you can eat as well as the things you can't. 

Find a list of foods that may help you ease or avoid symptoms  here . 

Current Challenges and Emerging Solutions in Upper GI Disorders
A brief report of the 2016 AGA Drug Development Conference

In October 2016 IFFGD took part in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) 2016 Drug Development Conference focusing on unmet needs and future strategies in four upper GI disorders: GERD, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroparesis, and functional dyspepsia.

Read a report of the meeting by meeting chairs Nimish Vakil, MD and Colin W. Howden, MD here.
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