Johns Hopkins Health Alert: Common GERD Drug Increases Risk of Osteoporosis

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) treat GERD and ulcers by limiting the production of caustic gastric acids. The problem: Gastric acids are a vital component of digestion. Blocking them may interfere with the absorption of calcium, which is essential for maintaining strong bones. By limiting calcium absorption, PPIs may put you at greater risk for developing osteoporosis. If you have osteoporosis, taking a PPI may increase your fracture risk. Here’s what you need to know …

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