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Deborah Kurzrock is a Registered Dietitian with the Mills Peninsula Health Services Women’s Center. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and completed her Dietetic Internship at the University of California, Berkeley. She was Chief Clinical Dietitian at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center and a clinical dietitian at Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
I have bleeding stomach ulcers. What foods do I need to avoid? What foods are beneficial?
Deborah Kurzrock, R.D.
It is a myth that spicy foods or a stressful job can cause peptic ulcers. Doctors now know that a bacterial infection or some medications -not stress or diet - cause most peptic ulcers.
Your doctor will help in identifying what type of peptic ulcer you have and what medications are appropriate for your peptic ulcer treatment.
Dietary changes may help reduce the symptoms of peptic ulcers and/or promote healing in some people. However, different people have different tolerance to foods, and dietary changes may not help everyone.
It always helps to keep a food diary (you can download one here), recording what you eat, at what time and any symptoms you may have. This helps you to be more aware of what foods, if any, may cause you distress.