Taking drugs to reduce acid reflux symptoms can hurt your hip.
Yes, that’s “hip”, not “hip pocket”! Sure, these drugs cost quite a bit, but the cost is not the worst thing about them.
Why acid reflux drugs can hurt your hip…
A study of more than 145,000 seniors revealed some alarming risks. When people older than 50 take drugs for more than a year to relieve acid reflux symptoms, it raises the risk of breaking a hip.
The drugs, according to the researchers, may make it hard for the body to absorb calcium. This can lead to weaker bones and then fractures. Proton inhibitors (such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid) caused most problems, but the other type of drugs used for acid reflux (H2 blockers such as Tagamet and Pepcid) also posed a risk.
Those who took proton inhibitors for longer than a year had a 44% higher risk of hip fracture. The longer the drug was taken, the greater the risk. Men in the study were more at risk than women.
Why not take drugs to relieve your acid reflux symptoms?
The above reference to drugs reducing calcium absorption is not the only reason to avoid acid reflux pharmaceuticals. In fact, the list of arguments for NOT taking them is growing, the main one being that these drugs reduce the acid in your stomach. Why is this a problem? Well, to state it in general terms, it upsets the balance of complex chemistry leading to good digestion and nutrition.
There are interesting and intricate things going on in your stomach as you eat! And if we reduce stomach (or gastric) acid, all sorts of things happen. Interfering with the absorption of calcium is one of them. Difficulty in absorbing vitamin B12 is another, leading to an inability to produce enough red blood cells. More immediately, the risk of food poisoning is higher, because stomach acid also forms a big part of a defense mechanism against food-borne infection.
A more natural, less risky (and cheaper) way to deal with your acid reflux
It’s clear then, that finding another way to deal with heartburn or acid reflux symptoms would be an advantage, especially if it’s a natural and healthy way. One solution is examined in detail at http://wellbe1ng.com/how-to-get-rid-of-acid-reflux and it’s well worth considering as an alternative to the drugs which are said to be associated with absorption and other problems.
So why do people take drugs like Nexium, the third best-selling drug in the world, with annual sales worth billions?
Firstly – it hurts! A lot! Additionally, it’s becoming more well known that people with chronic heartburn can develop painful ulcers in the esophagus, and some can end up with damage that can lead to esophageal cancer.
So it is definitely a good thing to stop acid reflux in its tracks before it damages the esophagus.However, according to at least one study, the drugs that suppress acid reflux symptoms may be doing more harm than good.
It would be wise to seek another way.