James East, MD, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London, discusses the diagnosis and treatment of Barrett’s esophagus. According to Dr East, lifestyle measures that reduce the risk of reflux are key due to the permanent change that occurs once Barrett’s esophagus develops, unless ablation techniques, are used. Dr East also noted that it’s important to quit smoking, limit alcohol and caffeine, and lose a small amount of weight to help reduce reflux symptoms.