Are there long-term complications of GORD?

This is quite possible, as the oesophagus is simply not made to deal with stomach acids and continuous exposure to these, could do long-term damage to the lining of the oesophagus.

Can GORD be cured?

There is no real cure for GORD, but the condition can be managed very effectively by making some changes in lifestyle and diet.

What about smoking and GORD?

Smoking is generally bad for your health and can irritate your stomach, but it has not been proved that it specifically worsens the symptoms of GORD.

Do only older people get GORD?

GORD is more common in older people, but anyone, even children and infants can be affected by it. It is common amongst all ethnic groups, all socio-economic classes and both sexes.

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Monique Marais is a Gastroenterologist working in Cape Town. After qualifying at the University of Pretoria, she worked in emergency rooms in South Africa and the UK before going into private practice.

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