Tag Archives: gastroesophageal reflux disease

You Must Consider Low-Carb Eating to Suppress Your GERD

Dr. Michael Eades has a new post on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and it’s treatment with carbohydrate-restricted eating versus drugs. A quote: 

Most people who have GERD, have it for the long term. It’s not something that comes and goes. So these folks go on GERD therapy for the long term, and the most prescribed medications for long-term GERD treatment are PPIs, which, you now know, keep stomach acid neutralized for the long term, and, as you might imagine, creates a host of problems.

The scientific literature has shown long-term PPI therapy to be related to the following conditions:

  • Anemia
  • Pneumonia
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Impaired calcium absorption
  • Impaired magnesium absorption
  • Increased rate fractures, especially hip, wrist and spine
  • Osteopenia [thin brittle bones]
  • Rebound effect of extra-heavy gastric acid secretion
  • Heart attacks

Read the rest if you or someone you love has GERD.

Here’s a scientific report supporting Dr. Eades’ clinical experience. Carbs were reduced to 20 grams a day.

If You’re Obese, Very Low-Carb Diet Improves Heartburn

He probably takes Prilosec daily

He probably takes Prilosec daily

I’ve heard anecdotal reports of this for years.  Here’s scientific evidence, although only eight patients were studied.  Whether those at normal weight or overweight improve similarly is unknown to me.

PS: Frequent episodes of heartburn is a condition called GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease.

h/t Melissa McEwan