Chronic Use of Heartburn Prescriptions Can Cause Diabetes

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Chronic use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for the treatment of heartburn is associated with a 24% increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes
  • PPIs may also increase the risk of weight gain, stomach cancer, chronic kidney disease, and a host of other problems
  • Alternative over-the-counter drugs, plus other prescription medications, were recalled after they were found positive for a carcinogen once used in rocket fuel
  • Consider a simple test as a rough indicator of how much acid your stomach produces, and take steps to heal your stomach and heartburn without hazardous drugs

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