Studies attempting to assess the prevalence of GERD widely vary in their results, depending on criteria used for diagnosis. A large survey performed by the National Heartburn Alliance in 2000 estimated that 60 million Americans have GERD symptoms at least once per month, and 25 million adults have daily symptoms. This survey revealed that 95% of these individuals have had symptoms for more than one year, and 54% have had symptoms for more than five years. Forty percent of these individuals reported symptoms two to four times per week, and 33% reported symptoms five times per week or more.2 This survey also showed that GERD symptoms greatly affect activities of daily living, as more than 80% of the respondents reported decreased enjoyment of food, more than 60% reported that symptoms affected their ability to sleep well, and approximately 40% reported that their symptoms affect concentration at work and family activities.2
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