Inhibitors of proton pump are among the most prescribed drugs to relieve problems of stomach acid and treat peptic ulcers. Proton pump inhibitors (Losec, Nexium, Prevacid, Pantoloc Pariet, etc.) are molecules that block production of acid in the stomach. However, the acidity in the stomach is necessary for the absorption of calcium. The prolonged use of these drugs could it increase the risk of fractures associated with osteoporosis.

Published in August 2008 in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, a study conducted by researchers reveals that, indeed, prolonged treatment with inhibitors of the proton pump leads to increased risk of fractures associated with the osteoporosis. According to these researchers, these drugs are widely used, and are often prescribed inappropriately. Patients who took such drugs for five years almost doubled their risk of hip fracture, compared with people not taking these drugs. In addition, taking these medicines continuously for seven years or more, more than quadrupled the risk of fractures, according to researcher Laura Targownik, a gastroenterologist at the University of Manitoba.

The study authors reviewed the medical records of more than 145,000 patients in England. Conclusion: Patients who took inhibitors proton pump for over a year had an over 44% more risk of hip fracture than non-users.

The Stomach and the Health of Your Bones

No drug is harmless, and inhibitors of proton pump are not a long-term solution to address digestive problems. There are numerous natural approaches available. Digestive enzymes, plant extracts, bitter extract of licorice root, slippery elm, are some of the proven alternatives. First, you must correct the bad lifestyle that you have been leading. A licensed naturopathic doctor will help you identify the problem and help you set up a therapy tailored according to your needs.

The Cause behind the Evil

Before taking medication to relieve acid reflux and heartburn, take some time to evaluate various risk factors, such as intense and repeated stress, overeating, smoking, caffeine, colas, some drugs (aspirin, anti-inflammatories), and alcohol abuse. As anti-acid drugs are almost always prescribed for long term, especially among seniors, their pernicious effect on the absorption of calcium is even more alarming.