It’s no secret that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) carry a number of dangers for your health.
Despite this fact, doctors throughout America commonly prescribe PPIs to acid reflux sufferers. As NPR reports, the estimated number of Americans taking PPIs is in the millions.
And, the reality is, many PPI users either don’t know—or don’t acknowledge—the possible consequences of popping that daily pill.
If you regularly take PPIs, don’t let this be you.
No matter how severe your GERD is, it’s critical that you understand PPI risks and make informed decisions about your health.
In this article, we’re covering another one of the PPI risks that recently hit the headlines—stomach cancer. But, most importantly, we’ll show you an alternative for your acid reflux challenges.
Adding to the List of PPI Risks—Stomach Cancer
If you have acid reflux, you probably turned to PPIs to minimize your painful symptoms.
But there’s another reason you might have decided to take PPIs, especially if you have chronic GERD—you didn’t want to raise your risk for esophageal cancer.
If avoiding cancer was a motivating factor…
Then you’ll want to read the results of a study from the British Medical Journal Gut, a study that reveals a link between PPIs and gastric cancer risk.
As PubMed Health explains, this study “identified everyone who’d had successful treatment for H. pylori infection in a Hong Kong database, and followed them for an average of 7 years.”
Researchers reported that they found a correlation between PPIs and stomach cancer risk for patients.
What’s more, PubMed Health explains that this “risk was higher for people taking them [PPIs] long term and daily – an eightfold, or 834%, increase in risk.”
Important Considerations in the Study
- Like any study, this research involves a number of important considerations and limitations. Before you draw your conclusions, here’s what PubMed Health had to say…
- The evidence didn’t prove that PPIs cause gastric cancer. (In other words, there’s a link but not causation.)
The research population was predominantly Chinese, and “Asians are known to have a higher risk of developing stomach cancer than other populations.”
- H. plylori “is known to raise the risk of stomach cancer.” (However, be sure to take this statement from PubMed Health in consideration with other facts. For instance, the researchers stated their study included H2 blockers—another type of acid reflux medication used to treat H. pylori infections—and found that these didn’t increase gastric cancer risk.)
PPI Risks and Your Health
Despite any caveats the study may include, one fact is clear…
This study casts the safety of PPI medications into doubt.
Even without a causative link, this study makes another case for PPI risks—risks you should seriously consider if you rely on proton pump inhibitors for your GERD.
The good news is, there’s no need to increase your risk for cancer, dementia, heart issues, or other health problems….simply because you don’t have options other than PPIs.
If you’re looking for a solution to your acid reflux problem that helps you avoid taking dangerous medications or placing yourself in danger of PPI risks, try the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.
Our program helps you address the underlying issues behind your GERD, guiding you step-by-step to heal your gut, improve your symptoms, and—ultimately—get off your PPI medications.