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Are You Taking Over-the-Counter Heartburn Medication? Know Your Risks for CKD.

credit: Flickr Creative Commons, treasureice

credit: Flickr Creative Commons, treasureice

The NY Times recently reported commonly used heartburn medicines – such as name brands like Nexium or Prilosec – may increase the risk for kidney disease.

Occasional heartburn, according to the Mayo Clinic, is considered common and no cause for alarm*. Most people manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with these over-the-counter medications, known as P.P.I.s (proton pump inhibitors, antacids, or H2 blockers).

Previous studies have linked P.P.I. use to bone fracture, pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infection. In this particular study (published in JAMA) they found that participants who took the P.P.I.s had a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Customer Story: The Road to Optimizing My Health

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We love hearing about our customer’s awesome experiences. We’ve been getting a lot lately from the participants of the recent FitFluential campaign. We just got wind of Sarah’s feedback on her blood draw and consult from her post on her blog, Running at Disney.

While many people may be surprised to learn that they’re bodies aren’t scoring as perfectly as they feel, Sarah has ulcerative colitis and is prone to tendonitis, so she knew her inflammation would be higher than normal. Still, there’s something to be learned for everyone. Here’s a summary of Sarah’s experience:

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Biomarker Series: The Wrap-Up

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Over the last several weeks, our Medical Director Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi has walked us through the ins and outs of WellnessFX Baseline. From the latest and greatest predictor of heart disease to the connection between the sunshine vitamin and chronic ailments, we’ve given you the tools to interpret your personal numbers even beyond the consultation that comes with Baseline.

However, we know it can be a lot of information. Don’t worry, though. This isn’t college, and there won’t be any tests or examinations. So here’s a cheat sheet with all the biomarkers tested in WellnessFX Baseline, and why they’re important. So in case you missed the Biomarker Series, or just want everything in one digestible package, this is for you:

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.