Diabetes and Acid Reflux

If you have diabetes and acid reflux, also called GERD, and you take medication to reduce acid there are some things you should know.

  1. There are health risks to taking GERD medications long term
  2. There is a good possibility you could control GERD with the right food and nutrition changes

Did you know acid reflux medications could cause the following problems?

  1. Magnesium Deficiency

There is also a strong association between low magnesium and insulin resistance, the main problem of type 2 diabetes. The FDA earlier this year released information about how taking these medications for longer than a year can cause low magnesium, which can lead to leg spasms, heart arrhythmias and seizures.

  1. Pneumonia

If you have diabetes and get pneumonia it may be more severe with greater risk of complications, and your body may take longer to heal.

  1. C-diff

Short for Clostridium Difficile, this is bacteria that cause severe diarrhea and inflammation in the colon. Dehydration is the biggest risk with diarrhea and diabetes, and if you have high blood sugars you can become dehydrated much quicker.

  1. Osteoporosis or Bone Fractures

People with diabetes are may also have low vitamin D levels or be taking Actos, both of which may increase the risk of bone fractures.

  1. Vitamin Deficiencies such as B12

People with diabetes who take metformin are also at risk for low B12 levels.

  1. Bacterial Imbalance leading to Digestive Problems

People who have had diabetes for many years can have slow digestion due to nerve damage. Keeping a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria is important for immune system, absorbing nutrients and avoiding diarrhea and constipation.

What you can do if you have to take medication for acid reflux.

Eat healthy foods and whole foods for immune strength. Nuts are the best food source for magnesium.

Eat yogurt daily to replenish good bacteria or take a probiotic supplement.

Ask your doctor if B12 and D levels have been checked.

Ask your doctor about trying to get off the acid reflux medications. These medications are really only meant to be taken for a short time of a few weeks but most people just stay on them.  I would NOT recommend going off the medication until you have made nutrition changes and are discussing changes with your doctor.

GERD may be unrelated to acid in stomach.  Some evidence suggests that the heartburn symptoms of reflux are not caused by acid in stomach burning the esophagus, but rather by an immune response.

LEAP is a program that has helped many people get off acid reflux medications. Learn more about how a food sensitivity blood test can identify specific foods that are causing you pain and inflammation, and help you make diet changes that eliminate acid reflux problems naturally.  Contact Karen for more information.

13 thoughts on “Diabetes and Acid Reflux

  1. I am so glad to have read this. I have had terrible reflux for years and am diabetic and was taking a medication for it every day. Recently I stopped taking my medicine and am just trying to do it naturally with yogurt, not eating spicy foods, food right before bed, etc… I also have to say that after i have a bad attack the next morning i have problems with my asthma because of the throat damage with a reflux attack.

  2. Glad you found the information helpful. If you need help getting relief using nutrition feel free to contact me!

    To your best health!
    Karen

  3. Hi I am a type 1 diabetic (age 29, diagnosed at 3yo) and for the past 12 months have been battling reflux, throwing up bile most mornings, energy loss, weight loss, no appetite and nausea. All of the doctors and specialists have been scratching their heads and I have had all of the stock standard tests done and medication ie gastrocopy, nexium tablets, rani 2 tablets, anti nausea tablets, throat thrush tablets!?, stomach scans. I am getting pretty desperate now and have now taken 3 months off work to try and get this sorted, each day I wake up I dread 🙁 can you suggest or help in any way? I would be greatly appreciative and forever in your debt, I can’t keep going on like this.

  4. Hi Jason. I have a couple suggestions. First, you could try soluble fiber in supplement or food form such as Metamucil, oatmeal, barley or beans (not pills though) 2 hrs after every meal to bind the bile. If that does not help then I would suggest we talk for a free introductory chat to see if I or one of my colleagues specializing in nutrition help for issues like these can help. A more detailed assessment of your situation would be necessary before I could recommend the next best steps. Let me know either way – my main objective is to help you get well and get your life back! You can email me if you like and we could set up a time to chat. karen@kmnutrition.com

  5. My daughter is type 1 and when she gets acid reflux we have to take to er and she had to spend a couple nights in ICU. She loses weight in her face and gets chest pains when it gets this way.

  6. That must be difficult and worrisome to deal with. If you feel nutrition changes could help her I would be happy to email you dietitians in your area that could help. Just email me directly: karen@kmnutrition.com.

  7. Lots of people are intimately familiar with acid reflux symptoms. More than 60 million Americans experience acid reflux at least once a month. Acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can produce a variety of symptoms.^;::

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  8. Signs and symptoms of GERD include acid reflux and heartburn. Both are common digestive conditions that many people experience from time to time. When these signs and symptoms occur at least twice each week or interfere with your daily life, doctors call this GERD. *:^`

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  9. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines..-..

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  10. Most of us have acid reflux problems now and again. In majority of cases this is harmless. If the problem becomes persistent and goes untreated, the heartburn can develop into GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). In chronic and severe cases the esophagus can become scarred – the patient may have difficulty swallowing, and the risk of developing cancer of the esophagus increases significantly. -*….

  11. can medications for acid reflex cause a drop in blood sugar in a type 1 diabetic

  12. I have not come across this effect but you could also ask that questions to your pharmacist or endocrinologist.

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