Obesity raises risk of GORD in women

Obesity raises the risk of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) in women, but not in men, an Italian study has found.

Researchers confirmed a GORD in 103 women and 93 men aged 18-83 with reflux symptoms by measuring their oesophageal pH over 24 hours. They then measured the patients' BMI and compared it with data from the general Italian population.

Obesity was more common in the female GORD patients than in the general population. Nearly 35 per cent of the female GORD patients had a BMI of between 25 and 30, compared to 26 per cent of the female Italian population. Fourteen per cent had a BMI over 30, compared to just 9 per cent of the female population.

Professor Enrico Corazziari of the department of clinical sciences at the University of Rome La Sapienza, said raised oestrogen levels may be to blame for the higher risk of GORD in overweight and obese women.

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