Some of The Causes of Peptic Ulcers Are Self Induced  

The causes of peptic ulcers have nothing to do with the aging process.

Or does it?

While there is no real evidence that this potentially painful and troubling condition has anything to do with becoming older, there are about 40% of us that will get it.

Once we pass the age of 60, like several other conditions, we are more prone to getting them for several interesting reasons.

The connection that makes it a much bigger threat may lie in other conditions that we may be experiencing.

The Causes of Peptic Ulcers

There are some documented and proven causes of peptic ulcers, but let’s begin with what is not proven.

As we were in our 20’s through our 40’s and our parents battled this condition, we read and were told several times that two major factors caused them; spicy food and stress.

However, the first one, spicy foods,  in today’s word is classified as an “internet myth”, and the second one, stress, simply does not have any documentation to support it.

Let’s examine the real causes of peptic ulcers that are documented, and then look at the connection with this aging process we are experiencing.

Here are the proven causes

  • H. pylori infection is by far and away the most common
  • NSAIDs drugs that include aspirin, ibuprofen, as well as naproxen
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol usage
  • Stomach cancer

Before going into these proven issues that can trigger them, here is what they actually are.

The Three Different Forms

Also known as stomach ulcers, they are basically an open sore that affects the lining of our stomach that is causing an inflammation either by this bacterium or by stomach acid.

However, than can also affect our small intestine as well as our esophagus, and they actually come in three different forms.

They include the following

  • Gastric, the most common form
  • Esophageal, where they attack our esophagus
  • The Duodenal form, which attacks our small intestine.

Now, let’s look at the connection between these causes of peptic ulcers that are documented and proven, and the link between getting older.

The first link is with the H. pylori infection.

H. pylori infection is caused by a form of bacterium referred to as “Helicopter pylori” that infects our stomach.

However, this infection has absolutely nothing to do with aging, as it is the complete opposite.

50% of Us Are Infected

This bacterium, in the vast majority of cases, infects us in or childhood.

It is estimated by most everyone in the medical community that conservatively 50% of all people worldwide have this infection.

That means that one out of every two of us have this infection, but we don’t know we have it for one simple reason; it does not do anything to us and we have no symptoms.

But this is where the connection between the causes of peptic ulcers and aging starts to emerge.

Here are the (3) three major conditions this infection triggers.

  • Ulcers, including peptic in all three forms
  • Inflammation in the lining of our stomach
  • Certain types of stomach cancers

There is a caveat to this connection, and that is that only about 10% of all people infected with this bacterium, actually develop an ulcer of any kind.

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The List of NSAIDs

As we all begin to get older, we also develop several other conditions where we will generally use some type of OTC, over the counter, pain medications to help.

We have heard throughout our lifetime that if we take them for extended periods of time, they can be harmful to our kidneys and liver.

Here is a broader list of NSAIDs.

  • Ibuprofen—includes Advil in all forms, Midol, Motrin, and Nuprin
  • Aspirin —includes Aspirin, Arthritis pain, Aspirin lite, Bayer, and St Joseph
  • Naproxen----includes Aleve, Naprosyn, All Day pain relief, and Naproxen Sodium

Although this list is not even close to being all inclusive, it covers the most common name brands.

I think that any of us older than 50 years of age, would be hard pressed to think of a single day when we did not take one of these in some form.

Although the H. pylori infection may have never done anything to you and you may not have it, the odds that your spouse has it are very high, factoring in the one in every two is infected.

The Most Common Symptoms

It is just lying there waiting to be triggered by something and these pain medications can and will activate it.

Once you develop these ulcers, you may not know you have them as they are very mild.

However, it will not be long before the burning sensation begins.

Once it surfaces, it will almost feel like they start in your belly or stomach and go all the way to your chest for one simple reason; it is.

They can also change in severity during the day form very mild to quite intense, as this is also very normal.

Here are the other common symptoms

  • Sudden changes to our appetites
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Sudden onset of nausea and then vomiting
  • Indigestion followed by chest pains

Once you begin to develop these symptoms, do not wait to see your doctor as several complications may develop if you wait too long.

Some Potential Help

They include a hole of some kind in the stomach lining or your intestines, as well as internal bleeding.

Scar tissue may also develop, which can make it very difficult to eat any type of food.

Treatments for the causes of peptic ulcers, in the vast majority of cases, will target killing this bacterium.

This will involve antibiotics which are very effective. If not caused by this bacterium, inhibitors to reduce your stomach acids may be used.

There are also some foods you should avoid as well as things you can do to control them, and they include the following.

  • Avoid milk and all milk products
  • Start to eat smaller amounts of food
  • Eat more often so your stomach is never completely empty
  • Drink tea, especially peppermint and chamomile
  • Take flavonoid supplements

If you drink and smoke, you have a tough decision to make, as these habits also puts you at a higher degree of risk.


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