How common is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

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GERD is a fairly common disease that can be made worse by certain foods. GERD effects about 60% of the US population at some point throughout the year. Approximately 20% of the population experience symptoms weekly.
Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

Over a third of adults in the US or 60 million people experience GERD symptoms once a month. Fifteen million people experience it weekly. GERD is extremely common.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects nearly 33% of the adult population of the United States to some degree at least once a month. Almost 10% of adults experience GERD weekly or daily. And GERD is not just an adult affliction; even infants and children can have it.

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