The millions of Americans who take proton pump inhibitors (PPIS) to treat acid reflex may be putting their bones at risk, suggests a recent lab study of mice from the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Bu reducing acid levels in the stomach, PPIs ease heartburn’s sting. But lower acid levels also interfere with the absorption of calcium into the bloodstream from the intestines.
Other research has linked PPIs with bone fractures. For occasional heartburn, stick with an OTC antacid such as Mylanta, Rolaids, or Tums.
Source: PLOS Genetics, March 26, 2015 from Consumer Reports on Health July 2015