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Story Updated: May 22, 2013

Studies suggest that as many as one third of all Americans have gastroesophageal reflux disease -- or GERD for short.

Obesity is a major factor in GERD...so researchers wanted to see if losing a few pounds and becoming more physically fit could help ease symptoms.

A total of 2-hundred-13 patients were recruited. All were overweight or obese, and asked to participate in a structured weight loss program.

Their weight, caloric intake, exercise minutes and reflux symptoms were recorded at the start, mid-way through and at the end of the study.

All of the participants lost weight by the 6-month mark ...which greatly improved their GERD symptoms.

By the 12-month check-in, 1-hundred-72 people had started regaining the weight ... and their GERD symptoms got worse again.

These findings suggest that small lifestyle steps can make a big difference in your health.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the health news that matters to you.

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