In GERD, the lower esophageal sphincter opens spontaneously, for varying periods of time, or does not close properly, and stomach contents rise up into the esophagus. The main symptom is heartburn, but patients may also experience a dry cough, asthma symptoms or trouble swallowing.
PPI stands for “proton pump inhibitor”. They inhibit the production of hydrogen ions in the body. Hydrogen ions are produced in the stomach, and the number of hydrogen ion in the stomach is how acidity is measured.
Proton pump inhibitors are used to control stomach acidity and gastric reflux. Use of the drugs has been linked to hip fracture in people over 50, according to research appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2006;296:2947-2953).
Makes sense—when you suppress acid production, you interfere with nutrient absorption
A study performed on mice done by researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute shows that acid suppressing medications (proton pump inhibitors, like Prilosec and Prevacid).
The drugs may actually aggravate the conditions that they are designed to treat!
The acid production is the body’s defense mechanism designed to kill the invading microbes. Interfering with acid production by using omeprazole (a proton pump inhibitor) interferes with the body’s defense against these bacteria.
Sometimes heartburn is the result of gastritis caused by bacteria.
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