Preventing Barrett's Esophagus

Barrett's esophagus cannot be prevented in all cases. To help reduce the risk for developing the condition, patients who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) should avoid smoking; should use alcohol only in moderation; and should maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and take all medication as directed by a physician.

In addition, patients who experience chronic heartburn should have an upper GI endoscopy at the age of 40.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 28 Feb 2008

Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015