PPIs Diminish Gut Microbiome Diversity

“PPIs may limit the gut’s diversity by reducing its acidity and thus creating an environment that is more or less amenable to certain microbes. And that imbalance could then lead to infection, says Rinse Weersma, a gastroenterologist at the University of Groningen. The drugs may induce “a change in the microbiome that creates a niche where Salmonella or C. difficile can grow,” he explains.”

From Heartburn Meds Alter the Gut: Acid blockers reduce the diversity of bacteria in the intestines—and that could lead to trouble, published in Scientific American.

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