The Pulse | Thursday, November 21, 2019
GERD Awareness: Resources and Tips
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has become more common that most people think. In honor of GERD Awareness Week November 17-23, here are some tips and resources for gastroenterology professionals and their patients.
Help Set Up a Treatment Plan
For many patients with GERD, they don’t realize a major lifestyle change is required once they are diagnosed. As GI professional, it’s important to assist patients in setting up a treatment plan and advocate for a healthy lifestyle. While each plan is patient specific, common treatment plans include lifestyle changes, surgery and medication.
Be an Advocate
Help spread awareness efforts for diseases like GERD by getting involved in your community. Digestive health can be overlooked but public outreach can help save lives. Talk openly with people in your community and consider participating in advocacy events that help educate GI related health issues at local, state and national levels. Keep an eye on the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders’ (IFGD) website to learn about national advocacy days. Check out this page from IFGD to learn how you can get in touch with your local representative and advocate for change.
SGNA is no stranger to GERD awareness. Check out these previous articles featured on The Inside Tract.
GERD is the Word: It’s More Than Just Physical: GERD affects nearly 20% of the US population, and its effects go beyond the body. Learn about the financial impact of GERD, as well as ways to help patients make important lifestyle changes to fight it.
GERD Awareness: How to Talk to Patients About Food to Avoid: With the holiday season upon us, it may be time to re-evaluate how you talk to your patients about controlling GERD — and that can start with a healthier diet.
Content for treatment plan and advocacy was gathered from the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Additional resources can be found on their website at https://aboutgerd.org/.