Medication Risks

The following nutritional losses are due to malabsorption because H2 receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors (the ulcer and gerd medications) inhibit acid production in the stomach.

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency causes anemia, neuropathy, high homocysteine levels and cardiovascular risk
  • Folic Acid deficiency causes birth defects, cervical dysplasia, anemia, high homocysteine levels and cardiovascular risk
  • Vitamin D  deficiency causes calcium loss, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, hearing loss
  • Calcium  deficiency causes osteoporosis,  heart and blood pressure irregularities, tooth decay
  • Iron malabsorption causes  anemia, fatigue, hair loss, brittle nails, weakness and lethargy
  • Zinc deficiency weakens immune function, skin wounds don’t heal, chronic infections, changes in sense of taste and smell, sexual organs dysfunction in both sexes
  • Protein absorption is impaired by low stomach HCl acid
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