How Common is FD?

Woman with early fullnessIBS is a well-known and common gastrointestinal condition. Characterized by abdominal pain and bloating, it’s often thought of by those outside the medical community as a catch-all for tummy troubles. However, experts know that the uncomfortable symptoms of IBS should be carefully distinguished from those associated with heartburn. Further still, digestive discomfort, particularly bloating and cramping, might be associated with a common though undermanaged and under-diagnosed condition called Functional Dyspepsia (recurring indigestion†).

Functional Dyspepsia is a common issue that may impact one’s quality of life, work and productivity. Abdominal pain, discomfort, early fullness, nausea, burning, bloating and or belching are common symptoms* that may indicate you may have Functional Dyspepsia. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it may result in irregular eating habits. People with FD often do not eat regularly or normally. The digestion and absorption of food nutrients is often disturbed in FD.  You may be surprised to hear about one in six Americans suffer from this disorder.1

Although the symptoms of Functional Dyspepsia are uncomfortable and can interfere with daily life, serious consequences can be avoided when the condition is correctly managed.2 Through a combination of lifestyle changes and medical management, Functional Dyspepsia doesn’t have to control your life. In the absence of an organic cause, there are some common triggers that may bring on or worsen symptoms. Some such triggers can include diet, stress and environmental factors.3-5

While there is no definitive cure for Functional Dyspepsia, there are plenty of ways to live with and manage this common disorder. Nonprescription FDgard may help with the syndrome of FD symptoms. Ask your doctor about #1 GE recommended FDgard today.

1Pleyer, C., H. Bittner, G. R. Locke, R. S. Choung, A. R. Zinsmeister, C. D. Schleck, L. M. Herrick, and N. J. Talley. 2014. “Overdiagnosis of Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease and Underdiagnosis of Functional Dyspepsia in a USA Community.” Neurogastroenterology and Motility 26 (8): 1163–71. doi:10.1111/nmo.12377.

2CORE. “Core Factsheets: Non-ulcer Dyspepsia.” Accessed July 25, 2019.

3 Feinle-Bisset C, Azpiroz F. Dietary and Lifestyle Factors in Functional Dyspepsia. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology 2013. 10 (3). Nature Publishing Group: 150–57. doi:10.1038/nrgastro.2012.246.

4 Aro, Pertti, Nicholas J. Talley, Jukka Ronkainen, Tom Storskrubb, Michael Vieth, Sven Erik Johansson, Elisabeth Bolling-Sternevald, and Lars Agréus. 2009. “Anxiety Is Associated With Uninvestigated and Functional Dyspepsia (Rome III Criteria) in a Swedish Population-Based Study.” Gastroenterology 137 (1). AGA Institute American Gastroenterological Association: 94–100. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2009.03.039.

5 Wildner-Christensen M, Hansen JM, Schaffalitzky De Muckadell OB. 2006. Risk Factors for Dyspepsia in a General Population: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, Cigarette Smoking and Unemployment Are More Important than Helicobacter Pylori Infection. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 41 (2): 149–54. doi:10.1080/00365520510024070.

†With no known organic cause.

Among gastroenterologists who recommended herbal products for FD. IQVIA ProVoice survey (June 2019).