Peptic Ulcer Disease - What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors you can control
The following things can increase your chance of getting a peptic ulcer and may slow the healing of an ulcer you already have:
In the past, spicy foods, caffeine, and moderate amounts of alcohol were thought to increase ulcer risk. This is no longer believed to be true.
Risk factors you cannot control
Some things that you cannot control may increase your risk of getting an ulcer. These include:
- A Helicobacter pyloriHelicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, the most common cause of ulcers.
- Physical stress caused by a serious illness or injury (such as a major trauma, surgery, or the need to be on a ventilator to assist breathing).
- Hypersecretory condition, in which your stomach produces too much acid.
- A personal or family history of ulcers.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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