Risk factors for heartburn: excess weight, smoking

February 27, 2015 5:13 PM

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(Reuters Health) - Excess pounds and smoking might each raise the likelihood of frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a large study from Norway.

Other factors linked to higher odds of new GERD symptoms included getting older, being a woman, having less education, and even quitting smoking – if it led to weight gain.

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