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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori seropositivity among Buddhist monks who intake 2 meals per day. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2014;7:76
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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori seropositivity among Buddhist monks who intake 2 meals per day. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Mar 2];7:76. Available from: https://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2014/7/1/76/145041
The problem of Helicobacter pylori related dyspepsia is an important concern in medicine since it is directly related to the pathogenesis of gastric cancer. There are many mentioned risk factors including to intake of acidic food, irregular daily meal, use of analgesia, etc.  However, an interesting question is on the effect of a number of meals per day. Routinely, people intake 3 meals per day, however, some groups might have a difference. Here, the author reports an observation on prevalence of H. pylori seropositivity among Buddhist monks who intake 2 meals per day. A total of 50 blood samples collected from Buddhist monks were tested for serological reaction to H. pylori and the seropositivity could be seen in six cases giving the prevalence equal to 12%. Of interest, this prevalence is significantly lower than the rate in general adult Thai population (about 75%  ). This observation might imply that the pattern of intake 2 meals per day might not increase the problem of H. pylori infection. The low prevalence might be due to the fact that Buddhist monks have to follow the rule to intake the food donated from general people and general people usually prepared good well-cooked clean food for donation.
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