Pylori stands for Helicobacter Pylori, it’s a spiral-shaped bacteria that grows in the digestive tract and can live in the lining of your stomach. For most people, they become infected during childhood and will live their life with minimal to no symptoms. But for others, an H. Pylori infection can cause serious issues like stomach ulcers and more.
For how common this bacterial infection is, many people have never even heard about it. In this easy to understand article, we’ll talk all about H. Pylori. How you can get infected, what an infection can mean for you, and so much more. So take a seat and let’s get started.
All About H. Pylori
Pylori was discovered in 1982 and infects approximately two-thirds of the world population says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s more common in African Americans, Hispanics, older adults, and people of lower socioeconomic status continues the source. The infection can cause gastritis, stomach ulcers, and gastric cancer reports the CDC. The source continues to report that, “infected persons have a 2- to 6-fold increased risk of developing gastric cancer and mucosal- associated-lymphoid-type (MALT) lymphoma compared with their uninfected counterparts.”
The bacteria are able to not only survive, but thrive, in the unwelcoming stomach environment. They “change the environment around them and reduce its acidity so they can survive,” says Healthline. Their spiral shape makes it easy for them to push through the stomach lining, where they are protected by the mucus from the body’s immune system cells.