WJBD Radio


Now Playing

Health & Fitness News

WJBD - Health & Fitness News - Antacids Do More Than Make You Feel Better - They Might Prevent Cancer

Antacids Do More Than Make You Feel Better - They Might Prevent Cancer

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly one in five Americans suffers from acid indigestion, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, at least once a week, according to the National Institutes of Health. And while for most Americans acid reflux really is just a little heartburn, for those with frequent symptoms, it could mean more.

In a study out Thursday, which looked at more than 600 cancer patients, researchers found that people with frequent acid reflux had a 78-percent increased risk of throat or voice box cancer.

But, according to the study's findings, paying attention to your heartburn may make a difference. Researchers also found that taking non-prescription antacids had a protective effect -- lowering the risk of throat and vocal cord cancers by 41 percent.

And there are also a few simple things you can change in your lifestyle to help with reflux, such as avoiding late meals and eating a healthy diet without greasy and fatty foods. You can also try propping yourself up while sleeping, or try sleeping on your left side at night.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

See other Health news:

Playing Hard to Get May Not Work for Women, Study Says
Daughter, Terminally Ill Dad, Hold Early Walk Down the Aisle
Baseball GM Keeps Promise, Has Public Prostate Exam During Game
Officials Issue Arrest Warrant for California Man with Tuberculosis
Extreme Weight Loss: How They Lost 100 Pounds or More

This Site logo