Acid Suppression Medication Increases Hip Fracture Risk

From the September 2005 edition of Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Times:

A good example of doctor-induced (iatrogenic) hip fracture results from the use of medications to suppress stomach acid production in the treatment of indigestion, esophagitis, and gastritis. The typical doctor is unaware that these diseases are caused by poor nutrition. Likewise, these doctors also are blind to the positive health effects of nutritional excellence and unaware that high cruciferous vegetable consumption prevents Helicobacter zylori (bacteria that causes gastritis and pyloric ulcers) from setting up housekeeping in the stomach. Most doctors only know one option— acid-suppression drugs.

According to a recent study, long-term use of acid suppression therapy with medications (H2 blockers or proton-pump inhibitors) increases the risk of hip fractures. These medications interfere with calcium absorption, leading to osteoporosis and increased fracture risk. The study followed over 500,000 adults over the age of 40 for 15 years and found, in general, those on chronic therapy with these medications had about double the risk of hip fractures. Interestingly, the risk of hip fractures associated with these medications was even higher for men than for women.1

Remember, bone strength is directly proportional to muscle strength, and bone health requires a lifetime commitment to regular exercise and physical activity. Inactivity or bed rest can be disastrous to the bones. Go to the gym, walk, wear a weighted vest, do back exercises, work in the garden, and stay involved with sports or fitness pursuits appropriate to your ability and health. Nutritional excellence is vitally important, and cannot be replaced by supplements. Taking supplements is merely an adjunct to other critical lifestyle factors that reduce risk.

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