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Khawaja T Mehmood et al /J. Pharm. Sci. & Res. Vol.3(1), 2011,903-910 Eating Habits a Risk Factor to Peptic Ulcer

By Khawaja T Mahmood, Sara S and Shifa H


The dietary habits influencing the risk of acquisition of Helicobacter pylori infection resulting in peptic ulcer are not w ell est ablished. 30 pa tients requiring an endoscop y f or t he evaluation of gast rointestinal sy mptoms had demographic and dietary data collected and biopsy specimens of the gastric antrum stained for the identification of H. pylori. The 50 % infected subjects were significantly older than the uninfected ones with no difference in gender, crowding, source of drinking water, or exp osure to domestic animals. Increased prevalence of infection was associated with increased consumption of food from street vendors, and decreased consumption of fruits in the subgroup that denied consuming food from street vendors. No association was found with consumption of fish, chicken, beef, beans, vegetables, rice, cheese, milk, and unboiled water. These findings support the role of food prepared under unhygienic conditions as a probable mechanism of transmission of H. pylori in developing countries. Key words: eating habits, endoscopy, h.pylori, NSAIDs, peptic ulcer

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