How can ulcers be prevented?

Controlling risk factors can help you prevent ulcers from developing or getting worse. Here are some ways to reduce your risk factors:

  • Quit smoking
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Control your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels by making dietary changes and taking medications as prescribed
  • Limit your intake of sodium
  • Manage your diabetes and other health conditions, if applicable
  • Exercise – start a walking program after speaking with your doctor
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Ask your doctor about aspirin therapy to prevent blood clots

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