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Risks of proton pump inhibitors for gastroesophageal reflux disease and a diet alternative


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Abstract

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common digestive conditions treated by gastroenterologists. The most commonly prescribed drugs for GERD are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that reduce stomach acid. While these medications are effective for relieving GERD symptoms, their long-term use is associated with several side effects and chronic diseases. Several publications have questioned the long-term safety of PPIs. Moreover, recent studies have demonstrated that the Mediterranean Diet may be more effective than PPIs for people suffering from GERD.

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GERD, mediterranean diet, proton pump inhibitors, PPI, acid reflux, LES, lower esophageal sphincter, omeprazole, prilosec

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