Common Drugs Destroy Kidneys?!?

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

Life with heartburn is no walk in the park.

But life with kidney disease is miserable — things like dialysis and organ transplants can become an unpleasant reality.

And if you’re treating your heartburn with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, you might already be on the road to serious kidney problems.

You see, new research published in the journal Kidney International shows these common drugs are heavily linked to chronic kidney damage.

For this study, researchers looked at the medical records of about 125,000 people taking PPIs.

After analyzing the data, the scientists were shocked by what they found…

Compared with folks taking other types of heartburn meds (like H2 blockers), people on PPIs were more likely to suffer:

  • Acute kidney injuries
  • Lowered kidney function
  • Increased blood markers that indicate poor kidney health.

And kidney problems aren’t the only health issues linked to PPIs.

Other studies have found these dangerous meds are associated with poor heart health, heart attacks, dementia and strokes.

With health risks like these, many experts question why doctors and pharmacists recommend these drugs. Especially when making just a few lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating less, losing weight and cutting down on spicy foods could relieve heartburn.

Another easy way to help your heartburn is with a cup of chamomile tea.

Chamomile has been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties for a long time. More recently, a study shows that chamomile can provide just as much relief as commercial antacids.

To harness the heartburn-fighting powers of chamomile, you can simply drink a cup of chamomile tea up to four times a day, after a meal. But beware that chamomile can also make you sleepy.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

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Sources

[1] Chronic kidney disease treatment

[2] PPIs May Increase Risk for Chronic, Silent Kidney Damage

[3] Popular heartburn medication may increase ischemic stroke risk

[4] Mechanisms involved in the gastro-protective effect of STW 5 (Iberogast) and its components against ulcers and rebound acidity.

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

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