What is the cause of ulcers? Let's start by answering the question,
what are ulcers?
An ulcer happens due to erosion which leaves an internal wound or sore. They can occur in the mouth, in our veins, on the skin, or in the digestive tract. Often the surrounding tissues are sore and inflamed. There are many causes of ulcers, from a lack of vitamins to cancer.
Peptic ulcers occur in the digestive system, so called because of the role that pepsin plays in the digestion process.
Ulcers can be divided into 3 groups depending on where they appear
The stomach is in a constant state of trying to maintain a balance between acid and mucous. The mucous acts as a protective barrier from the acid. If the acid wins over ulcers can form.
Medication, coffee, chemicals and toxins or a poor diet effect the quality of the protective mucous. Over time less mucous is produced resulting in peptic ulcers.
For many years it was believed that stress and anxiety were the causes of ulcers. However recently it has been shown that Helicobacter pylori bacteria combined with acid causes an infection resulting in ulcers. However stress still plays a main role.