Indigestion, also referred to as dyspepsia, is an extremely common problem, especially in this modern age. Stress, along with poor eating habits, contribute to indigestion. Indigestion occurs in people of all ages and both sexes.
- upper abdominal pain
- belching, nausea, or heartburn
There can be many causes of indigestion:
- GERD or reflux disease is a leading cause of indigestion
- gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach fails to empty
- stomach infections
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- medications can cause indigestion, especially aspirin and pain killers
Indigestion is exacerbated by being overweight. Abdominal pain can be caused by too much food and a high body mass index.
Medications can treat indigestion, but sometimes small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.
- Don't eat too fast, late at night, or eat foods that are high in fats
- Stress and fatigue are major contributors to indigestion
- Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
Indigestion can be a sign of more serious health problems. If you begin to lose weight, lose your appetite, or experience severe abdominal pain, you need to consult a physician. Medications may be indicated to treat more severe forms of dyspepsia, but research continues to challenge conventional wisdom.