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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.

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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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 15, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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