7 common habits that cause stomach ulcers you probably didn't know about

Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are sores that develop on the lining of the stomach.

Stomach ulcers(HSTV)

While the primary cause of stomach ulcers is the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), certain habits and lifestyle factors can contribute to their development or aggravate existing ulcers.

Here are some common habits that may contribute to stomach ulcers:

1. Smoking: Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of stomach ulcers. Smoking can interfere with the protective lining of the stomach and may also delay the healing process of existing ulcers.

2. Excessive alcohol consumption: Heavy alcohol consumption can irritate and erode the stomach lining, increasing the risk of developing ulcers. It can also interfere with the healing process of existing ulcers.

3. Stress: While stress itself may not directly cause stomach ulcers, it can exacerbate existing conditions. Chronic stress may lead to changes in behavior, such as unhealthy eating habits or increased alcohol and tobacco use, which can contribute to ulcer development.

4. Excessive caffeine intake: While moderate caffeine consumption is generally considered safe for most people, excessive intake can stimulate acid production in the stomach and potentially contribute to the development of ulcers.

5. Overeating: Consuming large meals can put excessive pressure on the stomach, leading to increased acid production. This can irritate the stomach lining and contribute to ulcer development.

6. Ignoring symptoms of ulcers: Ignoring symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, or heartburn and not seeking medical attention can cause ulcers to worsen. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications.

7. Overuse of antacids: While antacids can provide relief from symptoms, overreliance on them without addressing the underlying cause may mask symptoms and delay proper medical diagnosis and treatment.

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