Risk factors of GORD

Anyone can get GORD. However, the following groups are more likely to suffer from reflux:

  • Pregnant women
  • Babies. Babies do not have a fully developed lower oesophageal sphincter that normally helps prevent reflux. This explains their tendency to vomit, which should lessen during the first months, as the anti-reflux mechanisms become stronger.
  • Overweight people
  • Smokers
  • Asthma sufferers. People who have asthma tend to suffer from acid reflux more than the rest of the population.
  • People who have a genetic predisposition. Acid reflux may run in your family.

    Previously reviewed by Dr Ganief Adams, Gastroenterologist, MBChB (UCT), FCP (SA)

    Reviewed by Dr Jenny Edge, General Surgeon, BSc, MB BS, FRCS (Edin), M Med (Stell.)

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