Association Between Beverage Intake and Incidence of Gastroesophageal Reflux Symptoms: Beverages and GER symptoms.
Patients are frequently advised to eliminate coffee, tea, and/or soda to reduce symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux (GER), such as heartburn or regurgitation. However, there are no data from prospective studies to support these recommendations.We collected data from the prospective Nurses’ Health Study II from 48,308 women, 42-62 years old, who were free of regular GER symptoms, without cancer, and not taking proton pump inhibitors or H2 receptor agonists. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards models were used to assess associations between beverage intake and risk for GER symptoms.During 262,641 person-years of follow up, we identified 7961 women who reported symptoms of GER once or more per week. After multivariable adjustment, hazard ratios (HRs) for women with the highest intake of each beverage (more than 6 servings/day) compared to women with the lowest intake (0 servings/day) were 1.34 for coffee (95% CI, 1.13-1.59; Ptrend