If there’s anything worse about your battle with acid reflux than that burning sensation you can feel in your throat, it’s what you CAN’T feel in your brain, as your gray matter goes up in smoke.
And if you take heartburn meds, you could ease that first condition… and cause the second one!
New research reveals what just might be the most devastating side effect of the proton pump inhibitors used by some 20 million Americans. According to a study in JAMA Neurology, taking these meds to control stomach acid problems can apply a wrecking ball to your brain and set the stage for dementia.
Guys, if you use these drugs, you’re facing the bigger risk. The study finds PPIs such as Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec could boost your risk of dementia by 52 percent, while women who pop those pills are 44 percent more likely to battle dementia.
This hints at what other studies have found — that prolonged PPI use is linked to a buildup of beta amyloid — or the protein that forms that “plaques and tangles” in the brains of dementia patients.
If that’s not enough to get you off these drugs, consider the other risks. These drugs can block calcium and magnesium so effectively that your body may not be able to absorb enough, even if you start popping supplements. As a result, they can increase your risk of bone breaks, with one study finding that PPIs will boost your odds of vertebra fracture by 54 percent.
That dip in magnesium can also set the stage for heart problems, increasing your risk of heart attack by more than a fifth.
And for the icing on the world’s worst cake ever, PPIs can boost the risk of kidney failure in seniors.
In fact, ALL of these side effects are especially damaging to seniors, so you’d have to be downright certifiable to knowingly face all those risks…when you don’t have to.
If you’re getting frequent visits from the aid monster, buy yourself a juicer and always keep some cabbage in the fridge. When you feel an attack coming on, drink 8 ounces of fresh cabbage juice.
Like any treatment for any condition, that won’t work for everyone. If it doesn’t do the trick, don’t turn to brain-rotting drugs. Find a holistic doc to figure out what’s causing your reflux…and how to get it to stop.