Weight Loss Helps GERD

More than one-third of overweight and obese individuals have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). After 6 months in a structured weight loss program (dietary change, exercise, behavioral change) 97% of 332 individuals had lost weight. Nearly all experienced significant reduction or resolution of their GERD symptoms, even with as little as 5% weight loss. After 12 months,…

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GERD Drugs Increase Risk of Hip Fractures

Risk of hip fractures increased by 35% in postmenopausal women who had taken proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) regularly for two years or more. This finding comes from the Nurse’s Health Study of almost 80,000 women with over 600,000 per years of follow-up. Longer use resulted in even higher risk. This risk seemed to be limited to…

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