How Common is FD?

Woman with early fullnessFD is a well-known and common gastrointestinal condition. Characterized by pain or discomfort or cramping or difficulty finishing a meal or bloating or nausea, 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 FD should be carefully distinguished from those associated with heartburn. Further still, digestive discomfort, particularly cramping or bloating, might be associated with this common, though undermanaged and under-diagnosed1 condition which typically manifests itself as meal-triggered indigestion 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, cramping, bloating, early fullness, and or nausea 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 that about one in six Americans suffer from this disorder2-4 .

Although the symptoms of Functional Dyspepsia are uncomfortable and can interfere with daily life, serious consequences can be avoided when the suspected condition is definitively confirmed by a physician and managed5. By combining lifestyle changes and medical management, Functional Dyspepsia doesn’t have to control your life, and can be managed. There are some common triggers that may bring on or worsen symptoms. Some such triggers can include diet, stress and environmental factors6-8.

While there is no "quick cure" for Functional Dyspepsia, and it is typically a journey, there are plenty of ways to live with and manage this common and often remitting-relapsing condition. By using on a daily and proactive basis, nonprescription FDgard may help with the syndrome of FD symptoms. Ask your doctor about #1 GE recommended FDgard today.


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2 Talley, Nicholas J. 2017. “Functional Dyspepsia : Advances in Diagnosis and Therapy.” Gut and Liver 11 (3): 349–57.

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7 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.

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