Thinking the cause of an ulcer is either too much hot spicy food or a stressed out lifestyle, is a school of thought that you can dismiss right now. Instead, scientific tests have proven that a small 'stealth invader' bacteria colonizes your GI tract without you even knowing about it, and it can cause some serious health problems if left unattended.
No.1 position is held firmly by the bacteria known as H. pylori (or Helicobacter pylori). With nearly 3 in every 4 people infected, this is the most wide spread infection known to man.
Helico what? Well, it's name may be bad enough to put you off, but what this little corkscrew bacterium can do to you is the what you really have to worry about.
H. pylori is responsible for causing 80% to 90% of all peptic ulcers and the World Health Organization reports that it is also present in 50% of all new gastric cancer cases.
Your stomach is naturally designed to protect itself against ulcers. A slimy layer of mucus protects your stomach lining against powerful acids (pepsin and hydrochloric acid). These acids are extremely harmful to unprotected body tissue, but at the same time are absolutely essential for proper digestion.
There is a fine balance that has to be kept between the aggressive acids and the defensive mucous layers. When that delicate balance is broken, ulcers can develop. H. pylori can upset this balance by producing urease which eventually neutralizes the stomach's acid and allows H. pylori to thrive in an acid free zone.
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The second biggest cause of ulcers is through regular use of Pain Killers - in particular Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (more often referred to as NSAID's).
These drugs typically contain aspirin or ibuprofen (and others) and basically make your stomach lining vulnerable to the harmful effects of acid and pepsin, by blocking the natural secretion of mucus needed to protect your stomach lining. This allows H. pylori to get through your stomach acid and into your stomach lining.
In the meantime the 'antacid' effect fools your stomach into producing more acid. This process upsets that fine balance and sets you up for a peptic ulcer or chronic heartburn.
If you really have to take these NSAID's, then do so only when necessary and always take them with meals. This will greatly reduce your risk of getting an ulcer, or more ulcers in the future.
There are also some other contributing causes or factors as well that may aggravate or encourage the development of ulcers, but these are fairly low risk by comparison to H. pylori and NSAID's.
Here are the lesser causes of ulcers - most of these are to do with your lifestyle. It seems the "pleasure" of smoking and drinking can hurt you in the end - if you over-indulge that is! So, if your lifestyle has been, (or could be) the cause of an ulcer for you, then you have to ask yourself "IS IT REALLY WORTH IT?". Only you can be the judge of that!
Common sense with eating can avoid future problems if you don't already have an ulcer. Click here see our easy to follow ulcer diet - don't worry, it is EASY and you can still enjoy life - most of it is just plain old common sense!
Cigarette smoking is a definite cause of an ulcer. The nicotine in tobacco increases the amount of stomach acid and concentration of stomach acid, (which again upsets the all important balance) and this will increase your risk of an ulcer. The healing process may also be slowed by tobacco and nicotine intake.
Peptic ulcers have been found to be more common in heavy drinkers who have cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol irritates and erodes the mucous lining of your stomach. This causes the volume of stomach acid to increase to a higher level than your stomach naturally needs. It is not proven that alcohol alone can be the sole cause of an ulcer or whether H. pylori bacteria or NSAID's must also be present.
Stress alone cannot be the sole cause of an ulcer, but it is considered as a contributing factor. Like smoking, both emotional and physical stress will delay the healing process. Physical stress can increase the risk of developing gastric ulcers.
Caffeine intake also increases the amount of stomach acid and concentration of stomach acid and can worsen an existing ulcer. The increase in your stomach acid levels is usually not due to caffeine only, and there will always be a partner to this - such as H. pylori, smoking or alcohol consumption. There are many people that do all 3, and they drink copious quantities of coffee as well.
Acid and Pepsin
Too much acid and pepsin can damage a healthy stomach lining and cause ulcers. Most times the damage is caused by other factors first, weakening the stomach linings protective mucus layer defenses to a point when even an ordinary level of gastric acid can cause an ulcer. Too much acid can also cause acid reflux, or GERD, which is really chronic heartburn.
If your direct blood relatives have suffered from duodenal ulcers, and blood group O is also present in the family, then you are more at risk of getting this type of ulcer. Other than this there is no known correlation here. This is probably the least likely cause of an ulcer, and is not worthy of undue worry.
No matter what type of stomach ulcer you have, it will require some form of treatment, and obviously you hope and trust that your treatment is going to work for you. Unfortunately you will need to do some homework to ensure this happens.
If you don't want to take a chance on accepting any treatment that even has the slightest chance of not working, then we strongly urge you to keep reading.... because we want you to have the real facts so you can make an educated decision about the treatment you choose to overcome your ulcer with.
Everyone agrees that it makes sense to remove the cause, rather than to treat the symptoms. And you want to be able to remove the cause as comfortably as possible, without having to endure weeks, and possibly months, of ongoing medication - and the inevitable negative side effects.
REMEMBER! The main cause of all types of stomach ulcers is Helicobacter Pylori.
Until our visitors eventually find their way here, most do not know that a safe, yet highly effective natural treatment for H. pylori is now available. To date this 100% natural treatment has been used successfully by over 10 000 happy customers since 2006 - with an astounding success rate of over 98%.
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