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"What foods are best for someone with gastric ulcers?"

ZocdocAnswersWhat foods are best for someone with gastric ulcers?


My father has been diagnosed with gastric ulcers and had to go to the hospital recently. What kind of foods should he eat to decrease his pains?


I am sorry to hear that your father has developed a gastric ulcer. You are correct to think that foods can worsen his pain. In general, acidic and spicy foods and increase pain whereas bland foods can help decrease stomach pain. You and your father should speak with his physician to discuss the new diagnosis, its management, and tips for food preferences. A gastric ulcer is a defect in the gastric mucosa which occurs when there is an imbalance between normal gastric acid secretion and the gastroduodenal mucosal defense. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen), alcohol, and infection can alter this mucosal defense. The treatment for ulcers will vary depending on the etiology and the stability of the patient. Possible treatments include antibiotics, gastrointestinal upper endoscopy, anti-acid medications, and further testing. In terms of nutrition, no specific diet has been recommended for patients with ulcers. Your father should avoid any foods or beverages that seem to worsen his symptoms. Some patients feel that alcohol, acidic or citrusy, and spicy foods aggravate their symptoms, so these are foods that are often avoided and bland foods may be preferred. Your father should speak to his physician and discuss his symptoms and dietary concerns. A consultation with a gastroenterology specialist may be warranted.

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