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Some Common Factors That Lead To Acid Reflux Disease

Mar 15, 2008
Acid reflux is a chronic, harmful condition that can be caused by a number of different things. This article will look at what could be leading to the problem.

One of the most common causes of acid reflux is a problem with the function of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscles. These muscles are at the base of the esophagus, working as the "gatekeeper" to the stomach. If the muscles aren't working properly, they may not be able to fully close which can result in acid moving from the stomach up into the esophagus.

Abnormalities of the esophagus are another reason why people are afflicted with acid reflux disease. Several different parts of the esophagus may be malformed, but two of the most common abnormalities that lead to acid reflux are peristalsis and a condition known as adult-ringed esophagus. In an adult-ringed esophagus, there are small rings in the throat which can cause an inability to swallow properly. Improper functioning of the stomach is another factor that can be responsible for acid reflux.

Over fifty percent of all acid reflux sufferers have impaired stomach muscles that have difficulty responding quickly to stimuli. This can cause an extended period of time before the stomach is emptied of its contents, often leading to an acid backup in the esophagus.

Hiatal hernias are another common problem. The hiatus is a hole in the diaphragm that helps to keep the passageway between the stomach and the esophagus secure. It's normally tight, but if it becomes weakened somehow the muscles can loosen and lead to a small part of the stomach actually protruding through the hiatus.

This condition is known as a hiatus hernia. These hernias are not responsible for acid reflux directly, but they can cause the LES muscles to not function properly, ultimately leading to reflux problems.

On top of all the previous causes, certain drugs can also play a part. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can sometimes lead to acid reflux, as well as aggravating the condition in people who already have it.

These are common drugs and are in a number of well-known brands such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and Nuprin. A recent study showed that people who were taking these drugs had twice as much chance of experience at least some symptoms of acid reflux disease.

Asthma and diabetes are two other things to consider when diagnosing the cause of acid reflux. At least half of all asthma sufferers are known to experience acid reflux, and we have not yet discovered which disease may be causing the other.

People who suffer from diabetes need to be careful of their eating habits. Many diabetics suffer from a condition known as gastroparesis, which is a condition that causes the emptying of the stomach to be delayed. This can again cause the acid in the stomach to backup into the esophagus.
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