Monday, January 13, 2014

PPIs Associated with Acute Kidney Injury; USDA's Carb Addiction

Need another reason to give up proton pump inhibitors?
Four years ago, I gave up PPIs and cured my GERD with a low-carb diet. I saved hundreds of dollars a year (even figuring in the cost of groceries), dropped 20 pounds, got rid of aches and pains, improved my HDL cholesterol level, had more energy, and stopped getting cavities. Statistically, I lowered my risk of bone fracture. In case you need another reason to go low-carb and throw away the pills, PPI use is associated with acute kidney injury. Since this study is an association, it could be that PPI use doesn't case kidney injury, but that something else is causing both. It could be that a high-carb diet raises blood sugars to diabetic levels (while also causing GERD) and that high blood sugar causes kidney injury. We know that diabetics are prone to kidney disease. Wouldn't that be a rich irony--that it's too much carbohydrate and not protein that damages your kidneys? If that's the case, there's a double reason to chuck the pills, feed the fruit and grains to the birds and give the soybeans to a monastery.

Why the USDA will never promote a low-carb diet
How can they when 90 percent of their subsidies go to farmers of wheat, corn, soybeans, rice and cotton? What organization would say, "Sorry, we've been wasting billions of dollars a year subsidizing foods that have made the country fat and sick. We'll go look for another job now." The Cato Institute is calling for an end to subsidies and downsizing the USDA.


Lowcarb team member said...

There are more and more 'out there' who are discovering the benefits a lower carb diet (lifestyle) can bring.
This message does need to be repeated on a daily basis and like minded are doing this.

All the best Jan

Lori Miller said...

It would be great if the USDA, ADA, AHA et al stopped repeating the opposite.