Weight loss can lead to resolution of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease symptoms: A prospective intervention trial

M Singh, Jae Hoon Lee, N Gupta, S Gaddam, B K Smith, S B Wani, D K Sullivan, A Rastogi, A Bansal, J E Donnelly, P Sharma

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OBJECTIVE: Weight gain is an important risk factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); however, whether weight loss can lead to resolution of GERD symptoms is not clear. Our aim was to measure the impact of weight loss on GERD symptoms. DESIGN AND METHODS: In a prospective cohort study at a tertiary referral center, overweight/obese subjects (BMI 25-39.9 kg/m2) were enrolled in a structured weight loss program. Weight loss strategies included dietary modifications, increased physical activity and behavioral changes. At baseline and at 6 months, BMI and waist circumference were measured and all participants completed a validated reflux disease questionnaire. RESULTS: A total of 332 adult subjects, mean age 46 years and 66% women were prospectively enrolled. At baseline, the mean body weight, BMI, and waist circumference were 101 (±18) kg, 35 (±5) kg/m2 and 103 (±13) cm. At 6 months, majority of the subjects (97%) lost weight (average weight loss: 13 ± 7.7 kg) and as compared wi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284–290
JournalObesity
StatePublished - 2013

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    Singh, M., Lee, J. H., Gupta, N., Gaddam, S., Smith, B. K., Wani, S. B., Sullivan, D. K., Rastogi, A., Bansal, A., Donnelly, J. E., & Sharma, P. (2013). Weight loss can lead to resolution of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease symptoms: A prospective intervention trial. Obesity, 284–290.