Do your heartburn medicines increase risk in hip fractures?

A recent study in the “Journal of American Medical Association” looked at the records of more than 145, 000 patients in England and noticed that patients over 50 who used proton pump inhibitors for more than a year had a 44 percent higher risk for hip fractures than nonusers.  Proton pump inhibitors are a class of drugs that include Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec.  Pepsid and Tagamet are in another class that has shown similar effects.  This is pretty major for people whom have been prescribed these medicines for relief of heartburn.  Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and nutritional modifications can also be effective in the treatment of heartburn.  A practitioner will go over your whole health history from head to toe seeing how everything is working together, not just the stomach.  The next step to come up with an individual diagnosis from Chinese medicine perspective and treat accordingly.  The idea is to treat the root (the cause) as well as the branches (the symptoms) so that over time the body readjusts and heals. 

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