PPIs and Gut Health

According to recent studies Proton Pump inhibitors, drugs used for acid reflux and other gastrointestinal issues, may increase risks of having chronic kidney disease or CKD. Two new studies were presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 in November of this year. CKD is on the rise with over 20 million Americans burdened by disease. It is important to keep in mind that certain diseases like Diabetes and hypertension increase the risk for CKD, but medications are also playing a role. PPIs are among the most the top ten most prescribed medications in the United States.

According to researchers of the study said that healthcare providers need to be educated about the risks of PPIs. The researchers also said that many of the people that are actually on PPIs may not even need to be taking them. My take on PPIs is we should try and avoid them altogether if possible. If someone is having a mild case of heartburn, they certainly should not be taking it. PPIs should be taken in serious or acute situations and should never be taken more than a couple of months. PPIs also can severely mess up your gut microbiota. If you are having issues with your acid reflux or need a better understanding of how to handle your gut health, then do not hesitate to call my office for an appointment.

Dr. Shah, MD