• Statistics

    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder affecting the valve between the esophagus (swallowing tube) and the stomach. Most patients suffer from heartburn, food or acid reflux (regurgitation) or indigestion. Reflux refers to a reverse flow of the stomach's contents into the esophagus. This can lead to injury to the lining of the lower esophagus.
    • On average, 5 million Canadians experience heartburn and/or acid regurgitation at least once each week.
    • GERD patients are absent from work 16% of each year due to their symptoms. In Canada, this represents a workforce productivity loss of 1.7 billion hours amounting to $21 billion every year.
    • Canadians received 12.4 million prescriptions for Proton Pump Inhibitors in 2004.
    • 42% of GERD patients are dissatisfied with the outcome of drug therapy
    • Increasing age is recognized as a primary risk factor for the development of GERD.
    • Moderate or severe symptoms of GERD and GER are indicative of a chronic disease that persists for at least 18 years.

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health