|Would You Trade A Broken Hip For Heartburn Relief?|
In a Dec. 27, 2006 study, people who take common medications like
Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, to suppress stomach acid may be trading
bone health for heartburn relief.
Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia found that
use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) increased the odds of breaking a
hip by about 44% in people who took the drugs for about a year. People
who took higher doses for longer periods were about 2.5x more likely to
suffer a hip fracture. One possible mechanism of harm is that PPIs have
been shown to decrease absorption of calcium and lower bone density in
some people.This could explain the higher rate of hip fractures among
those who take them, report the investigators.
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