Although doctors are still trying to identify what’s causing this increased prevalence, we do know that the rates of reflux are higher in the U.S. than in most other countries. In 2015, hospitalization from acid reflux and GERD had increased to 3,141,965 people annually. Likewise, GERD diagnosis for infants also rose by 42% for infants and 84% for children ages 2-17, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Since then, not much more has been published as to the incidence or growth of acid reflux, but many doctors believe that the rise of obesity may signify a rise in the cases of acid reflux.
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