How can I prevent Barrett’s esophagus?
The best way to keep the lining of your esophagus healthy is to address heartburn or GERD symptoms. People with ongoing, untreated heartburn are much more likely to develop Barrett’s esophagus. Untreated heartburn raises the risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma by 64 times.
Other ways to decrease your risk factors include:
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking, both of which can irritate esophageal tissue.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity makes you more susceptible to disease.