“Can Heartburn drugs increase bone fracture risk?”
You’d be quite right in asking this question – especially if you’ve been taking heartburn drugs for over a year now…The issue has become so grave that the FDA has undertaken a review, and has found that indeed taking heartburn drugs – especially PPIs, causes bones in the hip and wrist to become weak and therefore susceptible to fracture.
Naturally, this concern warrants a deeper digging into why PPIs cause bone fracture…
But to understand that you will have to understand…
How do PPIs work?
PPI or proton pump inhibitors are some of the most frequently prescribed medicines for heartburn symptoms. They act by inhibiting the production of stomach acids…but that’s where the problem lies. Acid reflux or heartburn doesn’t occur because too much stomach acid is secreted. Rather, the amount of acid produced is not enough and that’s why the food is not digested properly. Prolonged period of indigestion and insufficient stomach acids cause the LES or the lower esophageal sphincter to weaken.
Hence the undigested food and the stomach acid keeps refluxing into the esophagus, because the LES fails to keep the food and acids restricted to the stomach as it should.
So when PPIs inhibit the acid production further – it only increases the problems.
As for the connection to your bones, science shows that PPIs also inhibit the calcium absorption in the body. And science has also showed that with regular PPI usage, the bones indeed get weaker and prone to fractures. In fact, the FDA has itself reviewed several cases where the prolonged usage of PPI led to bone fracture…and so the FDA has stated that PPIs can indeed increase bone fracture risk, especially in people who are majorly dependent on this drug.
Hopefully, this answers your question – “Can Heartburn drug Increase bone fracture risk?”
Instead of depending on drugs to get rid of heartburn symptoms momentarily, try lifestyle and diet changes that give lasting effects. Plus, you need to treat the underlying condition of GERD, instead of just focusing on heartburn – and once you do treat the GERD, heartburn will automatically become a thing of the past!