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Doctor insights on: Foods For Gerd Patients

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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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Can you please discuss the protein rich food that cannot cause gas for a GERD patient?

Can you please discuss the protein rich food that cannot cause gas for a GERD patient?

Lean meats: Perhaps try lean proteins such as chicken and fish. They can be prepared many ways, and you can determine whether different sauces or cooking methods aggravate you or not. For sure i would not fry them, but would suggest baking, broiling, or grilling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have barretts and not gerd.And if so, do I have to follow the same diet a GERD patient would?

Is it possible to have barretts and not gerd.And if so, do I have to follow the same diet a GERD patient would?

Yes: Although technically , barrett's should only occur in the setting of acid reflux , once you have barrett's, the lining accommodates so that you may not actually have reflux symptoms. It is still recommended to decrease acid exposure to the lower esophagus to theoretically decrease the chance of progression to esophageal cancer. This can be done with medications or going on an antireflux diet. ...Read more

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When is endoscopy used in GERD patients?

GERD: I usually scope gerd patients to diagnose complications (strictures, barrett's, cancer) and when patients don't respond to typical antifeflux meds. ...Read more

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Is green tea bad for GERD patients?

Is green tea bad for GERD patients?

Decaf. GT is good.: No, green tea is favorable for gerd, together with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Decaffeinated green tea is superior for gerd relief, as caffeine may promote reflux symptoms in some patients. Japanese consume about 3 cups of green tea/day providing roughly 240-320 mg of polyphenols, the major one being egcg (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). Most studies are done for cancer- and neuroprotection. ...Read more

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Would having Gerd and celiac disease cause a patient to have high b12 levels?

Would having Gerd and celiac disease cause a patient to have high b12 levels?

No: In fact people taking PPI class of drug for GERD often end up with low serum B12 level which may or may not be clinically important. ...Read more

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Which abdominal exercises are suggested for patients with gerd?

Which abdominal exercises are suggested for patients with  gerd?

Refer to answer: I am not aware of any exercise to help this condition. Best is to avoid acidic food and also black pepper. Eat early at night. See your dr for other related thing that can mimic gerd. ...Read more

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Is it true that a patient with GERD should be treated with PPIs first for 6 weeks before EGD to avoid false positive of BE?

See answer: Not sure what BE refers to BUT it is not advisable to start with a PPI first because they can be "addicting" due to rebound hyper secretion of acid.( When you try to stop the PPI the heartburn comes back with a vengeance). This doesn't happen with an H2-blocker like Zantac or Pepcid (famotidine). For more information see my Checklist: "Treating Heartburn". It will direct you to additional information ...Read more