A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop GERD with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing GERD. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your healthcare provider what you can do to reduce your risk.
GERD or heartburn can occur in men, women, and children of all ages, including infants.
Risk factors include:
The following habits may increase the risk of GERD:
Exercising or strenuous activity immediately after eating
Lying down, bending over, or straining after eating
The following foods and beverages may increase the risk of developing GERD:
Alcohol use, especially in excess
Foods made with tomatoes, such as pizza, chili, or spaghetti sauce
The following medical conditions may increase the risk of developing GERD:
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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