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Obesity may increase incidence of acid reflux

Obesity may increase incidence of acid reflux

Food Prevents Reflux

According to the gastro-surgeon Vladimir Schraibman, the type of food is one of the factors that cause reflux. Also, being overweight is also an important triggering factor of the problem because it entails a weakening of the valve that prevents reflux. But other than obesity, other events that increase the intra-abdominal pressure can cause this disorder, such as pregnancy, ascites (accumulation of fluid inside the abdomen, known as watery belly), people who are very constipated and have to do a lot of force to evacuate; hernia, and motor alterations of the esophagus or the gastroesophageal sphincter.

According to Ministry of Health data, it is estimated that 12% of the Brazilian population suffers from gastroesophageal reflux, which corresponds to approximately 4.5 million of Brazilians. In most patients, reflux occurs spontaneously through the transient relaxation of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, a physiological barrier that prevents gastric acids from leaving the stomach. The lesion of the esophageal mucosa is related to the quality, quantity and frequency of reflux. A gastric acid fluid with a pH less than 3.9 is extremely caustic to the mucosa, the main agent being harmful in most cases. In some patients, reflux of biliary and pancreatic secretions may contribute to the lesion.


Find out why to touch your feet is important to health

Find out why to touch your feet is important to health

Although it is a very its execution can be more complicated than it looks. When you try to touch your feet, many people realize how much their own flexibility is impaired. However, studies show that this ability does not only address this aspect of the body, but also points to the flexibility of the coronary arteries.

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Routine in large cities increases the chances of stroke

Routine in large cities increases the chances of stroke

A survey carried out by the State Department of Health indicates that, on average, 106 people are hospitalized per day in public hospitals in the state of São Paulo with Stroke (Stroke) or AVE (Brain Vascular Accident). According to the Secretariat, there were 38,900 hospitalizations for stroke in the SUS (Unified Health System) of São Paulo in 2010, up from 36.

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