H Pylori & Atrophic Gastritis

Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach (caused by H pylori infection, alcohol, NSAIDs, aspirin, irritating foods, dehydration, smoking, etc.) Atrophy means “shrinking” or “wasting away”. Atrophic gastritis, therefore, is the result of chronic, or long-term inflammation of the stomach, where the mucosa and stomach lining are damaged and replaced by intestinal and fibrous tissues. When the stomach mucosa is damaged by chronic inflammation, the glandular cells become dysfunctional and may be destroyed. These glandular cells are responsible for the production of many factors within gastric juice, including: Hydrochloric acid Pepsin (digestive enzymes) Intrinsic factor (needed for vitamin B12 absorption)...