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
Risk factors you cannot control
Some things that
you cannot control may increase your risk of getting an ulcer. These
Helicobacter pyloriHelicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, the most common cause of
- 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 15, 2013
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