About 20 percent of Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a disorder of the digestive system. This disease encompasses the common issues of heartburn and acid reflux.
GERD is more than the occasional stomach ache or episode of heartburn, it’s a serious, recurring disorder that can cause irreversible damage to your digestive system if left untreated.
Some factors that can lead to GERD include:
- Consistent overeating
- Being overweight
- Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
If you think you might be suffering from GERD, or if you would like to learn more about the disease, download our free guide here.