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How does weight affect GERD?

Weight plays a crucial role in GERD as excess body weight, especially around the abdomen, increases abdominal pressure, promoting the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. This pressure weakens the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscular valve that separates the stomach and esophagus, making it more prone to relaxation and allowing acid reflux to occur.

Additionally, obesity is associated with increased inflammation and metabolic changes that can exacerbate GERD symptoms. Losing weight through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of acid reflux. It's a proactive step towards strengthening the LES and mitigating the risk factors associated with GERD, contributing to improved overall digestive health.

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