Which lifestyle modifications are used in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Updated: May 23, 2019
  • Author: Marco G Patti, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Answer

Lifestyle modifications used in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease include the following:

  • Losing weight (if overweight)

  • Avoiding alcohol, chocolate, citrus juice, and tomato-based products

  • Avoiding peppermint, coffee, and possibly the onion family [7]

  • Eating small, frequent meals rather than large meals

  • Waiting 3 hours after a meal to lie down

  • Refraining from ingesting food (except liquids) within 3 hours of bedtime

  • Elevating the head of the bed by 8 inches

  • Avoiding bending or stooping positions


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