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Gastro-esophageal reflux disease more common in overweight women, but not men
Friday, August 31, 2007 10:07 am Email this article
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is more common in overweight women, but not more common in overweight men compared to normal weight adults according to a study from Italy. Men
Overweight in men with GERD vs without: 43% vs 42%; obese 11% vs 9%
In men, 43 percent of patients with GERD were overweight compared with 41.8 percent of men in the general population in Italy; 10.9 percent of men with GERD were obese compared to 9.1 percent of the general population.
Overweight in women with GERD vs without: 35% vs 26%; obese 14% vs 9%
In women, 34.9 percent of patients with GERD were overweight compared with 25.7 percent of women in the general population in Italy; 13.6 percent of women with GERD were obese compared to 9.1 percent of the general population.
Conclusion: Overweight is more common in women with GERD, but not men
“In comparison to the Italian general population, the prevalence of overweightedness and obesity is increased in female but not in male patients with ascertained gastro-esophageal reflux disease,” the researchers concluded.
Piretta L, Alghisi F, Anzini F, Corazziari E. Prevalence of overweightedness in patients with gastro-esophageal reflux. World J Gastroenterol. 2007 Sep 14, 13(34):4602-05.
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Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche
UniversitZ di Roma “La Sapienza”
Viale del Policlinico
155-00161 Roma, Italy
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