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What Seniors Need to Know About Stomach Ulcers

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Also known as peptic ulcers, stomach ulcers are a common health concern for seniors and elderly adults.  In fact, 1 in every 10 Americans will develop a stomach ulcer at some point in their life.  ItSenior-Care-Las-Vegas-NM is a common belief that excessive stress and a poor diet are what cause ulcers, but there is actually more at play when it comes to peptic ulcers.  Read on for more information about painful stomach ulcers and what seniors can do about them.

What causes a peptic ulcer?

A popular belief still held today is that peptic ulcers are caused by stress and/or a diet that contains too much fried, fatty food, alcohol, and caffeine.  While excessive stress and a poor diet certainly do contribute to digestive health problems, they aren’t necessarily always the cause of an ulcer.  In fact, ulcers are most commonly caused by a bacterial infection.  Ulcers are common in the older adults and some studies have shown that there is a link between the development of ulcers and daily use of drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen – a common way to relieve arthritis symptoms.

What are the symptoms of an ulcer?

A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of the stomach, esophagus, or small intestine.  The most common symptom is abdominal pain.  In addition, having a peptic ulcer can cause nausea, indigestion, gas, heartburn, vomiting, and/or fatigue.

What is the treatment for an ulcer?

Seniors who suspect that they may have a peptic ulcer should seek medical attention as soon as possible.  Ulcers are very treatable, but it is best to get them treated right away as they can cause severe pain and lead to serious complications.  Since ulcers are largely caused by bacteria, doctors may prescribe antibiotics.  In addition, doctors may recommend antacids or other stomach acid-reducing drugs.  Some complications from peptic ulcers include anemia, stomach bleeding, and stomach cancer – another reason why seniors who believe they have a stomach ulcer should get medical attention right away.

Are stomach ulcers preventable?

The medical community is still learning about the bacteria that causes ulcers and how it may spread.  Some research is even being done on a vaccine for it.  However, there are some lifestyle changes that seniors can make to reduce their risk for stomach ulcers and to help any existing ulcers heal.  These include quitting smoking, avoiding foods that upset your stomach, getting stress under control, taking NSAID medications with food, and limiting alcohol intake.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care services in Las Vegas, NM, please contact the caring staff at CareProviders. Call Us Today (505) 322-6935. Helping Seniors be Safe, Healthy, Connected and Fulfilled.

 

Source: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/understanding-ulcers-basic-information

Ron Baca, Founder and Director

Founder and Director at CareProviders of New Mexico
Ron founded CareProvidersTM New Mexico after several life-changing events lead him to consolidate his professional, academic, and personal caregiving experience into a new transformative in-home care enterprise. Ron learned firsthand with his own family the challenges of navigating today’s health care maze. But it was as primary caregiver to his parents both aging in place until 96 years of age that he realized his past provided the perfect foundation for creating a new kind of in-home care company. Welcome to CareProviders New Mexico!