Forsyth Institute Research Shows Antacids May Increase Chance of Fractures

Researchers from the Forsyth Institute, an NEC member, have discovered why taking over-the-counter antacid and heartburn medications may lead to an increased risk of bone fractures. A report detailing their findings was published in March in the prestigious medical research journal PLOS Genetics.

The researchers found that the stomach acid of the gastrointestinal tract helps absorb calcium. Antacids reduce acidity in the stomach which limits its’ ability to absorb and distribute the calcium bones require to stay strong. More than 100 million Americans take antacids, despite labels which warn of their correlation to fragile bones and an increased risk of bone fractures.

“An unexpected and important relationship between these two systems … is only now becoming fully appreciated,” said Dr. Ricardo Battaglino of the Forsyth Institute. “It could help us better understand and find new ways to treat common clinical conditions that currently require medications which have been linked to weakened bones, such as popular antacids.”

The New England Council applauds the Forsyth Institute for their important discovery.

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