Heartburn Medication Health Risks
Your Medication may be worse than your diet
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Heartburn Medication Health Risks: Did you know that over 40% of Americans just like you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis? Unfortunately the go to solution is often a Protein Pump Inhibitor, or PPI. In fact Americans spent over $9.5 billion in PPI’s in 2014 alone. Of course this information comes from Consumer Reports. The most popular PPI’s include omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid). However what you may not realize is the hidden dangers in taking these meds long-term. Today I’ll delve into those risks and offer some alternate solutions.
The Research from PLOS 1
For those of you already following this thread, I’ve already revealed how PPI’s lead to bowel toxicity. Furthermore, you know how bowel toxicity leads to breast cancer or colon cancer. If you weren’t aware of this, see my previous entry here . As I was looking for new research for a new article, I stumbled on some research that was just as frightening. According to research published in PLOS 1 in July of 2015, you are at greater risk of a heart attack if you use PPI’s. The research concluded there was a higher incidence of myocardial infarction in subjects taking PPI’s for GERD. GERD stands for Gasto Esophgeal Reflux Disease and is generally known as “Heartburn”. Even more shocking is the risk was almost double. That is your risk of a heart attack is about 95% greater if you take PPI’s.
PPI’s are habit forming – making the problem worse
While these medications were never intended for long term use, many doctors are prescribing them that way. Another problem is that PPI’s create a physical dependence. A well-known side effect is an extremely uncomfortable rebound of stomach acid production and heartburn. Yes, that’s right acid-blockers can cause the very problem they are supposed to treat. A 2009 study published in Medscape revealed that young healthy volunteers with no previous symptoms of heartburn had severe reflux when they stopped taking PPI’s. So basically once a person starts taking these drugs for as short as 4-8 weeks, they can be incredibly hard to stop.
Do you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux? Are you reliant on PPI’s to manage your GERD? Are you concerned about the risks? We may be able to help. Enzyme nutrition can help your stomach work properly for a happier, healthier you. Give us a call and set up a consultation. We will take the time to sit down and talk with you about your suffering. We will even do some preliminary testing to determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we will make every effort to find an appropriate referral.
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