Can a health check-up record predict the onset of reflux oesophagitis?
New research suggests that lifestyle tweaks could help protect people from the onset of reflux oesophagitis.
Oesophagitis is an inflammation of the lining of the oesophagus – also known as the gullet or food pipe.
In most cases, it is caused by the reflux of gastric contents from the stomach, moving upwards into the lower oesophagus. This can cause the oesophagus to become sore, inflamed or ulcerated.
If oesophagitis is not treated, severe inflammation and ulceration can lead to a narrowing of the oesophagus which can cause difficulty in swallowing.
In a study, published in the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, researchers probed health check-up records of patients over 10 years at nine institutions in Japan.
Their results suggest that reflux oesophagitis is a lifestyle disease and thus lifestyle guidance to at-risk people may help to prevent onset of the condition.
Patients with reflux oesophagitis displayed a greater worsening of the clinical parameters associated with lifestyle diseases, including obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and fatty liver for five years before reflux oesophagitis onset compared with those without it.
An early and objective diagnosis of reflux, such as Peptest provides, opens the door to lifestyle changes, and future treatment. Peptest can also be used after reflux treatments to assess the success or failure of any treatment.
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