09 February 2009

How Not to Have An Ulcer

  • EAT SMALL, FREQUENT MEALS.
    Ulcers tend to be the most painful when the stomach is empty. If you eat often, food helps buffer the effects of digestive acids and enzymes.

  • AVOID UNNECESSARY USE OF ASPIRIN OR NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS.
    Since these can irritate the digestive tact, your doctor may advise talking them with food.

  • DON'T SMOKE.
    ''Smokers have more ulcers, their ulcers are harder to heal, and they're more likely to have recurrences'', says David Graham,M.D.

  • CUT BACK ON COFEE , TEA, AND COLA DRINKS.
    Caffeine stimulate acid production, which may in turn exacerbate ulcers.

  • AVOID ALCOHOL.
    This is particularly important for individuals taking the antibiotic metronidazole (Flagly), which can make them severely ill if they drink.

  • DON'T USE MILK AS THERAPY.
    Doctors say it's one of the worst treatments for ulcers.

  • AVOID FOODS THAT UPSET YOUR STOMACH.
    You don't have to eat a bland diet, but steer clear of too spicy foods or any that have irritated your digestive system before.

  • CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU'VE HAD ULCERS IN RECENT YEARS.
    ''If any of may ulcer patient test positive for H. pylori, I treat them immediatly rather than waiting for a recurrence,'' says Dr. Graham.

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