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An Acidic Diet and Aging Don’t Go Well Together

It’s no secret that as we age our kidneys don’t function as well, muscle mass is lost, and by the time we’re 40, our body is losing more bone than it makes.  Weaker muscles and weaker bones can lead to falls and fractures. A diet rich in Calcium is extremely important for bone density, as is Vitamin D which not only helps Calcium absorption, it’s important for muscle strength. A study now shows that an acidic diet can lead to additional muscle wasting.  In an interview published in the Nutrition Action Health Letter, Prof. Bess Dawson-Hughes of Tufts University notes that kidneys of older people do not handle excess acid well, which in turn...

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Acid Reflux Pills May Lead to Bone Loss and Hip Fractures

If you have acid reflux and are taking pills for it, this would be of interest to you. According to a study published in the August 12 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, long term exposure to proton pump inhibitors (PPI) is associated with osteoporosis-related fractures. Commonly known PPIs are Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix. Doctors studied 60,000 people aged 50 and older who had experienced hip fractures. For people who had been taking acid reflux pills for less than five years, the study found no association with hip fractures. However, at five years of pill usage, the doctors...

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