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What Is GERD? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Organizations for Essential GERD Information

About GERD

The official website for the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, About GERD is a nonprofit patient support organization that offers a wealth of resources for people living with functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders. The website has information on symptoms of GERD and other GI conditions and treatment options.

American Gastroenterological Association

This organization provides information for doctors, researchers, patient educators, and patients on GI disorders, including GERD. The site also includes a patient center, with information prepared by specialists and reviewed by a patient adviser to ensure it’s understandable by a general audience. Don’t miss the animated video on YouTube on preventing GERD during the holidays. (It’s actually useful anytime you might not be in control of your menu.)

American College of Gastroenterology

The American College of Gastroenterology is a professional association of gastroenterologists and GI professionals. The site is a main resource for doctors and professionals, but it also has a patient section with facts and information for various GI conditions.

Online Resources on GERD

Mayo Clinic

This great resource lets you know what tests to expect for a GERD diagnosis, what treatments your doctor might suggest, and even a couple of herbs to try — in addition to your doctor’s treatment regimen — to help relieve your symptoms. You can also look for a doctor in your area in the “Find a Doctor” section on the main page.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

This institute is a division of the National Institutes of Health and is funded by the federal government to research treatments for many diseases, including GERD. In addition to vetted basic information on the condition and treatment, the site offers information on how to participate in clinical trials, which you may want to discuss with your doctor.

Lifestyle Guidelines for the Treatment of GERD

Cleveland Clinic

This resource indicates foods to avoid, as well as choices from certain categories less likely to produce symptoms. Example: Nonfat or fat-free sour cream and cream cheese get a thumbs-up; the full-fat versions get a thumbs-down.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a great page illustrating how GERD occurs to help you better understand the condition. The site also provides dietary tips on foods to avoid and other ways to reduce triggers.

Blogs About GERD

Gabby

Motivational speaker, life coach, and author Gabrielle Bernstein’s website is packed with information about how to lead a healthy life. Her blog covers topics from meditation to healthy eating, including her personal experience with GERD and gut inflammation.

Additional reporting by Mark Henricks.

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