Heartburn in a Sri Lankan community in the UK

Heartburn in a Sri Lankan community in the UK Purpose – The aims of this study are to assess the prevalence and timings of heartburn symptoms in a Sri Lankan population living in the UK and to identify diet and lifestyle symptom triggers. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 60 Sri Lankan adults, aged between 18 and 66 years completed a background questionnaire and a nine‐item gastro‐oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) impact scale. Findings – Application of the GORD impact scale verified that all participants experienced heartburn symptoms on a weekly basis. Episodes of heartburn tend to occur post‐prandially. Diet and lifestyle factors were found to trigger heartburn symptoms particularly consuming spicy foods. Research limitations/implications – The incidence of heartburn in Sri Lankans may be due to the process of acculturation to the Western diet and lifestyle. Originality/value – This paper shows that Sri Lankans are susceptible to symptoms of heartburn. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nutrition & Food Science Emerald Publishing

Heartburn in a Sri Lankan community in the UK

Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 41 (5): 7 – Sep 13, 2011

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0034-6659
DOI
10.1108/00346651111170914
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Abstract

Purpose – The aims of this study are to assess the prevalence and timings of heartburn symptoms in a Sri Lankan population living in the UK and to identify diet and lifestyle symptom triggers. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 60 Sri Lankan adults, aged between 18 and 66 years completed a background questionnaire and a nine‐item gastro‐oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) impact scale. Findings – Application of the GORD impact scale verified that all participants experienced heartburn symptoms on a weekly basis. Episodes of heartburn tend to occur post‐prandially. Diet and lifestyle factors were found to trigger heartburn symptoms particularly consuming spicy foods. Research limitations/implications – The incidence of heartburn in Sri Lankans may be due to the process of acculturation to the Western diet and lifestyle. Originality/value – This paper shows that Sri Lankans are susceptible to symptoms of heartburn.

Journal

Nutrition & Food ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 13, 2011

Keywords: Diet; Lifestyles; Perceived symptoms; Post‐prandial; Nocturnal; Triggers

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