Make The Big Game Healthy And Heartburn Free

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 General News
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PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 2 With the Big Game approaching, many football fans across the country are preparing for viewing parties, and the non-stop eating that comes with them. But favorite football foods like pizza, wings and nachos can trigger heartburn, which can end the evening long before the last touchdown. Even those who take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), sometimes also called acid reducers, a class of drugs that treat frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can experience what is known as "breakthrough heartburn." "Dr. Gourmet," Timothy S. Harlan, M.D., a board-certified Internist and gourmet chef, shares his secrets for putting a healthy twist on the typical big game fare and for keeping heartburn at bay.

"More than 60 million American adults suffer from heartburn and acid reflux, which can interfere with enjoying the foods they love," says Dr. Harlan. "What's worse, most patients who take a PPI to treat frequent heartburn still experience symptoms, and many are confused over how to treat it."

According to a recent survey commissioned by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, more than one in four (27%) adults who suffer from heartburn has taken a PPI to treat their heartburn. Among them, 81% report experiencing breakthrough heartburn. While 86% of PPI patients who report experiencing breakthrough heartburn are taking steps to treat it, they are trying many options, including: taking an over-the-counter antacid such as TUMS (45%); avoiding certain foods (35%); eating smaller meals (17%); and even taking an extra dose of their PPI (7%). For consumers using acid reducers, including PPIs and H2s, TUMS® is a safe and effective means of relieving breakthrough heartburn.

"The good news for PPI patients is that there are easy things they can do to relieve heartburn and still indulge in tailgating or snacking in front of the TV during the year's biggest game," says Dr. Harlan.

Dr. Harlan offers the following tips for avoiding heartburn during the big game:

For more information on heartburn, visit, and for more information about eating healthy, visit

Survey Methodology

The TUMS Breakthrough Heartburn Survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare from January 8-12 and 19-21, 2010, among 527 and 716 adults, respectively, who have taken a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to treat heartburn. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Timothy S. Harlan, aka "Dr. Gourmet"

Motivated by what Dr. Harlan saw as a lack of knowledge in the medical field about healthy eating, Dr. Harlan has built a unique career combining his two passions of medicine and healthy eating. As a practicing, board-certified Internist, a former restaurant owner and chef, Dr. Harlan has always been passionate about food, and while still in medical school noticed a lack of knowledge in the medical field about eating healthy and eating well. Neither patients nor health care providers understood much about a healthful diet. He is the author of It's Hearty Fare, a food manual for patients with cardiovascular disease, and Hand on Heart, a collection of healthy recipes. Dr. Harlan has been an on-air consultant to the TV Food Network show Cooking Thin, and is also a host on the DIY network show, AskDIY, with segments airing on the DIY network as well as in syndication. In 2002, The Dr. Gourmet Show, which aired on regional public television, won an Emmy® award.

About GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare is one of the world's largest over-the-counter consumer healthcare products companies. Its more than 30 well-known brands include the leading smoking cessation products, Nicorette® and NicoDerm®, as well as many medicine cabinet staples, alli®, Aquafresh®, Sensodyne®, and TUMS®, which are trademarks owned by and/or licensed to GlaxoSmithKline Group of Companies.

About GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

-- Limit heartburn causing foods. Acidic, fried and fatty foods that are among the most popular items served at football parties can trigger heartburn. Alcoholic, caffeinated and carbonated beverages can also cause indigestion.

SOURCE GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

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