Common Sick Days May Cause Major Pains

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For GERD Sufferers, Common Sick Days May Cause Major Pains

Following celebratory events, both patients and employers are feeling chronic heartburn’s impact 

What do the day after the Super Bowl, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and the Fourth of July have in common? The day after national celebrations and holidays are often a time when many Americans – and their employers – feel the effects of food and alcohol overindulgence. For example, a 2016 study by the Workforce Institute suggested that 1 in 10 U.S. workers might have missed work the day (sick day) after the Super Bowl due to the game.1

Party favorites like alcohol, fatty foods and cola can all trigger heartburn.2 But chronically experiencing this symptom could signify a more serious condition.3 An estimated 1 in 5 Americans have gastroesophageal reflux disease,4 known as GERD, causing pain for both patients and their employers. Employees with GERD may experience 41 percent more sick leave days than others.5 Plus GERD symptoms cost the U.S. nearly $2 billion each week in lost productivity.6 These


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