Acid Reflux Medicine May Cause Osteoporosis

Stomach acid–blocking proton pump inhibitor drugs—PPIs with brand names like Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix, and AcipHex—appear to significantly increase the risk of bone fractures.

I recently gave a webinar on osteoporosis. We’ll post the recording in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, check out my previous video on osteoporosis, Fall Prevention Is the Most Important Thing for Preventing Osteoporosis Bone Fractures ( ).

What about calcium supplements? See my videos Are Calcium Supplements Safe? ( ) and Are Calcium Supplements Effective? ( ).

What about drinking milk? See my video Is Milk Good for Our Bones? ( ).

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  • @nickyrivernene5921 says:


  • @bethtsao7325 says:

    My doctor had me on Nexium for years for my undiagnosed Celiac disease, resulting in my heart attack.

    • @Joseph1NJ says:

      How did the PPIs cause your heart attack?

    • @rozchristopherson648 says:

      A relative recently had a kidney transplant in his 70s after 30+ years of being on high blood pressure medications. Not only did the high blood pressure damage his kidneys, but the high blood pressure medication also damaged his kidneys. I’m 62 and vegan. I take no medications and have perfect bloodwork. I don’t know why people are so willing to take any of these medications daily for years.

  • @yasho8927 says:

    I never take any pharmaceutical products of any kind and I’m perfectly fine

  • @Alexander-ok7fm says:

    Your new book is extremely helpfull! Thank you for your work 😊

  • @NutritionFactsOrg says:

    Check out the previous osteoporosis video about fall prevention:

  • @mu999 says:

    Ииии чем убирать изжогу?
    Если злаки убрать, то изжоги меньше, но всё же может быть.

    • @dianeladico1769 says:

      Моя изжога возникла из-за хиатальной грыжи. Единственное, что помогло (большой сюрприз), — это диета из цельных растительных продуктов с низким содержанием жиров. Вырежьте ДЕРЬМО и жир, больше клетчатки. Я похудела и изжога прошла. Я сразу заметил разницу, но для того, чтобы она полностью исчезла, потребовалось похудеть. ЯММВ

  • @Joseph1NJ says:

    I was on them for 14 years, and no one ever said anything, not my GI, not my GP. I finally weaned myself off but still go back for short periods whenever I need OTC NSAIDs for an extended period of time.

  • @dianeladico1769 says:

    My heartburn came from hiatal hernia. The only thing that helped (big surprise) was a whole foods plant based diet, low fat. Cut out the CRAP and grease, more fiber. I lost weight and the heartburn is gone. I did notice a difference right away but it took losing weight for it to be completely resolved. YMMV

  • @paulmaxwell8851 says:

    I had acid reflux for years and I’ve long suspected a hiatal hernia as the culprit. My doctor wanted to get me on a PPI (permanently!) so I asked: “Shouldn’t we identify the cause of the problem before attempting to treat it?” She said no need, PPI’s are easy and get results, so who cares? Needless to say, I did NOT start the PPIs. I already knew about some of the dangers. Instead, I reduced animal product intake to just one or twice a month, eliminated dairy products, reduced my coffee drinking, lost some weight and stopped eating bedtime snacks. Problem solved!

  • @jen1sur says:

    This is so upsetting, I was on a double dose for months, no warning. I read the product labels and warnings, but they did not quote a study saying this med was linked to so many things!

  • @straightedgeveganbel2453 says:

    So don’t take tums for extra calcium?

  • @rozchristopherson648 says:

    Black seed oil is a good natural remedy for acid reflux. A vegan diet also helps.

  • @yv6r6eug says:

    some of the difference by country may be because of the short lifespan in some places, but the dairy consuming countries are at the top for sure. denmark #1

  • @mellyblush8416 says:

    Please tell us what someone can do instead of taking certain acid reflux meds. My teenage son has Crohn’s disease and follows a plant based diet. One of his issues is terrible acid reflux. He has amazing doctors but they all say he’s fine to take prescribed acid reflux meds long term. I was worried and asked and now this video popped up. I would love for you to do a series on IBD and medications.

  • @Innocence44 says:

    Would resistance/weightlifting exercises help offset the negative effects of ppis on bone density? Nothing helps my LPR as much as ppis, unfortunately. It’s either potentially negative side effects years down the road or risk of developing esophageal cancer.

  • @wfpbwfpb says:

    NOTHING tastes as good as being healthy feels. Once again……plant based for the WIN!!!!!!

  • @andrewpawley8883 says:

    I love this channel!

  • @mchagawa1615 says:

    So important! Thank you so much <3

  • @TheFrankissofine says:

    Informative home run Dr. G. You still got it!! Will spread the word.

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