( H. pylori
) is the bacteria responsible for most ulcers
and many cases of stomach inflammation (chronic gastritis).
The bacteria can weaken the protective coating of the stomach, allowing digestive juices to irritate the sensitive stomach lining.
Gastritis - Helicobacter pylori ; H. pylori
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
As many as half of the world's population is infected with H. pylori . Those living in developing countries or crowded, unsanitary conditions are most likely to contract the bacterium, which is passed from person to person. H. pylori only grows in the stomach, and is usually contracted during childhood.
Interestingly, many people have this organism in their stomach, but don't get an ulcer or gastritis. Coffee drinking, smoking, and drinking alcohol increase your risk for an ulcer from H. pylori.
There has been an ongoing debate in the medical community regarding diet soda . It would seem that a zero calorie beverage is the perfect answer to the obesity epidemic. After all, most nutritionist and dietary experts do not want you guzzling liquid calories. Liquids are not satiating and frankly, most of us don't even count the calories of soda, sweetened waters, smoothies, blended coffee drinks and other calorie-laden drinks when we tally daily total calories. So drinking a few diet sodas daily, which offers fizz without calories, seems to be a no-brainer.
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