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Obesity driving acid reflux cases

health and fitness Updated: Jan 23, 2012 20:36 IST
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Obesity driving acid reflux cases

Acid reflux, in which acid from the stomach leaks into the gullet, or oesophagus, causing heartburn, has been linked to obesity, diets high in fatty foods, alcohol and smoking. The study published in medical journal Gut, shows that women are normally more at risk than men of developing the condition, known as gastro- oesophageal reflux disease. Concern is mounting because the condition can trigger oesophageal cancer, which is also on the rise alarmingly.

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