Factors that increase your risk of Barrett's esophagus include:

  • Chronic heartburn and acid reflux. Having GERD for more than five years or having GERD that requires regular medication and being older than age 50 can increase the risk of Barrett's esophagus. Your risk may be further increased if you are age 30 or younger when chronic GERD develops.
  • Age. Barrett's esophagus can occur at any age but is more common in older adults.
  • Being a man. Men are more likely to develop Barrett's esophagus.
  • Being white. White people have a greater risk of the disease than do people of other races.
  • Being overweight. Body fat around your abdomen further increases your risk.
  • Smoking.
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