A Lack Of Vitamin B12 Puts Seniors At Risk Of Many Health Problems

Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs, are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, and many are available over-the-counter. Popular brands include Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, and Nexium. They reduce the amount of gastric acid produced by the stomach by inhibiting the enzyme that produces acid.

PPIs were found to increase the risk of:

Low levels of vitamin B12:

Acid-blocking drugs may inhibit the absorption of vitamin B12, a common deficiency found in senior citizens. A lack of vitamin B12 puts seniors at increased risk of many health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.

In the short-term, PPIs can do a great job of reducing unwanted and uncomfortable symptoms, but in the long run they may deplete important nutrients that could possibly lead to much more serious health problems. Your long term health may be at stake.