News of World Medicine

Scientists dispelled the myth of popular medicines against heartburn

Previous studies have shown that proton pump inhibitors, which are usually prescribed for heartburn and other acid-related diseases, increase the risk of developing dementia. But now experts have disproved this. According to The Deccan Chronicle, the researchers have analyzed the data of 3484 adults aged 65 and over.

When the study was initiated, the participants had no dementia. For about 7.5 years the researchers have been monitoring the volunteers. The experts have found how often the participants took proton pump inhibitors. They also evaluated the duration of use of these medications.

In addition, the scientists search for the cases of dementia. During the study, dementia was developed in almost 24% of the volunteers. 670 people were faced with Alzheimer's disease (the most common form of dementia). The intake of proton pump inhibitors was not associated with dementia.

By the way, according to other studies, the intake of proton pump inhibitors increases the likelihood of pneumonia, infarction, fractures and premature death. Researchers from University College London and Hong Kong University have found that due to the long-term use of these drugs, the risk of developing stomach cancer can be doubled.

Source: The Deccan Chronicle.