Popular Stomach Meds KILLING Americans
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
For years, Big Pharma has been making a fortune off of risky heartburn meds.
Especially those proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec.
PPIs keep selling like crazy, even though they’ve been linked to everything from kidney disease to dementia.
But now, a Midwestern research team is sounding the most frightening warning on PPIs yet.
Turns out that these billion-dollar meds could send you to an early grave… and much faster than you’d think.
Each year, we see more and more science on the health risks of PPIs.
So researchers from Washington University in Missouri and experts from Veterans Affairs were curious to see if folks taking PPIs were at a higher risk of dying.
For the study, the scientists analyzed the health data of about 276,000 people who were taking PPIs and about 73,000 folks who were taking H2 blockers, a different type of heartburn drug.
Overall, researchers found that folks taking PPIs had a whopping 25 percent greater risk of dying.
Even worse, the risk steadily increases with longer use. Folks who were taking PPIs for one to two years saw an outrageous 50 percent bump in death risk.
The PPI group had higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, which all contribute to death risk.
And while H2 blockers may appear to be a safer choice, they still come with their fair share of risks, too.
But who needs these drugs anyway?
Making just a few lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating less, losing weight and cutting down on spicy foods could relieve heartburn.
Chewing gum is also a great way to take some of the sting out of heartburn.
So, if you’re taking a PPI or any other type of heartburn drug, now is a good time to talk to your doctor about getting off of it and start making some changes.
But never quit a PPI cold turkey, as that can make a stomach acid problem worse. You’ll need to wean yourself off the drug.
Managing editor, Living Well Daily
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.
View More Free Articles
I’ve sung the praises of omega-3 fatty acids many times here in Living Well Daily. I’ve encouraged you to be sure you’re getting enough of the omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) by eating plenty of cold-water fatty fish and taking supplements when needed. And there’s a good reason for that. EPA and...
I’m sure you know that getting enough sleep is good for you. But what does that mean, exactly? It’s always been hard to get a straight answer. Until now, that is. Thanks to new research we have an answer to that question. The newly published 25-year study compares the sleep habits of over 7,000 men...
Dear Living Well Daily Reader, “Along with COVID, I’m worried about getting the flu this year. What do you recommend for avoiding the flu? The flu shot?” – Mike from Park City, UT Hi Mike, I’ll be honest. The flu vaccine COULD have a better long-term track record. According to the Centers for Disease Control...
If you’ve been a loyal reader for a while now you’re probably already taking steps to ensure your health is in tip-top shape. You do your best to eat well… You stay hydrated… You, hopefully, get in some regular exercise… And maybe you even take a multivitamin… While I would certainly give you an A...
Healthy aging boils down to one surprising thing: your muscles. I know that may sound strange at first. But hear me out. Maintaining strong and healthy muscles is the first step to keeping a healthy body and sharp mind well into your golden years. After all, sturdy muscles are required to fight off frailty and...
They say cleanliness is next to godliness. Now, I don’t know about that. But, I DO know that when it comes to your kitchen, cleanliness is absolutely VITAL. The trouble is, even the cleanest of kitchens can harbor some sickening hidden secrets. And new research just revealed one of the most surprising culprits. Trust me,...
Does developing a sniffle, sneeze, or cough practically cause you to panic these days? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us feel the same way. Gone are the “good old days” when you only had to worry if you were coming down with a cold or the flu. And, let’s be honest, we didn’t...
Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Make a cup of tea. Read a couple of pages in a book. Watch a silly cat video. There are a bunch of things you can do in three minutes. And now scientists say defeating diabetes could be one of them. If you’re struggling with blood sugar control, your doctor...
Dear Living Well Daily Reader, “I hate that I can no longer just eat whatever I want. I either seem to have indigestion, bloating, or gas. I’m always taking antacids. It’s miserable and frustrating — what else can I do besides only eating potatoes?” –– Carl, from Lincoln, NE Hi Carl, Let’s start with the...
Remember when they said we’d just need to hunker down at home for a few weeks, and this whole COVID-19 thing would blow over? It’s safe to say they got that one wrong. In fact, it’s looking like COVID-19 is less of a visitor and more of a permanent house guest these days. That means...