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What is Acid reflux? And what are the root causes?

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 Dr. S.P. Mathew

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Medical Director of Ashok Hospital

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Duration: 10:21 minutes

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GMoney Anchor - Welcome to the GMoney Health Show, a platform where we invite medical experts, doctors, and super specialists. Today, we have Dr. SP Matthew with us on our show. He has been practicing for the past twenty-five years, holding an MBBS and MD degree, and also believes in holistic medicine. He serves as a medical officer at Ashok Hospital. So, Dr. Matthew, a warm welcome to our show.

Dr. S.P. Mathew Hi, Neha. Thank you so much.

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GMoney Anchor - Today, we're going to discuss a very interesting topic, which is abdominal pain, specifically focusing on stomach issues like acidity, indigestion, and gastric troubles. These problems often affect our day-to-day lives significantly. Dr. Matthew, could you please enlighten us on what acid reflux or acidity is and its root causes?

Dr. S.P. Mathew As you’ve described the symptoms such as feeling fullness or pain in the stomach, nausea, which are very common, acid reflux occurs when the acid in your stomach moves up into your food pipe or esophagus. This normally shouldn’t happen as the acid should stay in the stomach. When the acid moves up into the esophagus, it’s called acid reflux.

GMoney Anchor - Okay, and what are the triggers for acid reflux? Could you elaborate on the types of foods that worsen the problem? It's essential for all of us to know.

Dr. S.P. Mathew Yes, definitely. The triggers for acid reflux are mostly related to lifestyle choices. Typically, irregular meal times, prolonged fasting, consumption of spicy and oily foods, alcohol, and certain painkillers can increase the chances of acid reflux.

GMoney Anchor - I see. So, Dr. Matthew, how do we diagnose this problem, and what are the testing options available if someone suspects they have acid reflux?

Dr. S.P. Mathew – Diagnosis involves ruling out any other serious conditions like heart or lung problems first. This includes standard tests like ECG and chest x-rays, as well as specific blood tests for H. pylori bacteria and upper GI endoscopy for a more accurate diagnosis.

GMoney Anchor - And what preventive measures can one take? Considering today's lifestyle with irregular meal timings and increased stress levels, what precautions can be followed to prevent acid reflux?

Dr. S.P. Mathew – Prevention is key, and it involves lifestyle changes such as maintaining regular meal times, avoiding spicy and oily foods, limiting alcohol and tobacco consumption, and managing stress levels. Additionally, a team-based approach involving physicians, counselors, and nutritionists can provide comprehensive care.

GMoney Anchor - Right. So, what about the long-term treatment options? Many people resort to antacids whenever they experience acidity. Are these safe for long-term use?

Dr. S.P. Mathew – Antacids provide temporary relief, but they don’t address the underlying cause. Long-term management requires a holistic approach, including lifestyle modifications, medication, and regular follow-ups with healthcare providers to ensure effective treatment.

GMoney Anchor - Thank you, Dr. Matthew. That was very informative. I'm sure our viewers have gained valuable insights into dealing with acidity and acid reflux.

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