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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.
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Last Updated: January 04, 2012
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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