GERD spells misery for millions of people living in the UK.
Whether you call it heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease can spell misery for millions of adults. GERD is caused by a weak muscle in the esophagus called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to splash up from the stomach into the esophagus, often causing injury to the lining of the esophagus and symptoms like heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat, and cough.
Caused by a mechanical defect and requires a mechanical solution. Medications for GERD are designed to control or suppress acid production in the stomach. They do not address the cause of GERD, a weak sphincter muscle, and can’t prevent reflux. Approximately 40 percent of GERD sufferers continue to have symptoms while taking medications for GERD.
Epidemic. 1 in 5 adults suffers from GERD.
Serious. GERD can lead to serious complications like stricture, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer. Adenocarcinoma, a type of esophageal cancer, increased over 600 percent between 1973 and 2006.
Debilitating. GERD can cause daily pain, lead to poor sleep, affect food tolerance, and limit daily activities.
Costly. The cost of GERD to employers has been estimated at £50 billion per year.