By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-07-31 23:54:43 -0500
Started 2012-06-06 21:13:13 -0500

The vague symptoms produced by H. pylori, including fatigue, upper stomach pain and heartburn, are often dismissed as signs of aging or stress, says Jill Carnahan, MD, a physician in Boulder, Colorado. As a result, although Martin J. Blaser, MD, a rofessor at the NYU Langone Medical Center, says that half of women are infected with this ulcer-causing bug, many of them are never diagnosed or treated.

H. pylori creates enzymes that damage the protective mucous lining in the stomach and small intestine, plus hinder nutrient absorption.

Its not clear how H. pylori is transmitted, but consuming contaminated food or water, or coming into contact with saliva or stool from an infected person could be to blame.

The best way to confirm H. pylori is to ask your doctor for the urea breath test or a stool antigen test.

If you test positive, your doctor will likely prescribe a 14-day dose of antibiotics, since this hardy bug is particularly difficult to eradicate.

While you wait for the antibiotics to clear the infection, Dr. Carnahan recommends taking 350 mg of deglycyrrhizinated licorice with meals for up to 8 weeks to ease GI symptoms. Also smart: supplementing indefinitely with a probiotic to recolonize the gut with good bacteria and prevent reinfection.

Your doctor may also recommend supplementing with 3 to 6 grams of glutamine, an amino acid that can heal cells on the intestinal wall, or taking 350 mg of mastic gum 2 to 3 times a day to ease symptoms.

11 replies

dietcherry 2012-06-07 18:27:38 -0500 Report

Heres something else disturbing about H. pylori:

People infected with H. pylori are more than twice as likely as those who have never had the bug to develop diabetes, say researchers in the journal Diabetes Care.

In their study, they tracked 782 healthy people for 10 years. Of the 144 people who developed diabetes, 97% had tested positive for H. pylori at the start of the study! And the risk of developing the disease was 2.7 times higher among those with the infection.

Its not clear yet how the two are related, but scientists speculate that H. pylori may affect lipid metabolism, which contributes to diabetes. More research is needed, says coauthor Christie Jeon, adding, "The results point to gut infections as a potential risk factor for diabetes. In light of this, there may be a role for antibiotics in the prevention of diabetes."

mystikfairy61 2012-07-31 23:54:43 -0500 Report

Oh my, didn't know there was a correlation. I had H-pylori back in the late 90's and was treated, but had no idea that it could predict my future diabetic state..

Caroltoo 2012-06-07 19:13:32 -0500 Report

I wonder, when it's all said and done, if we will find out that at least Type 2 diabetes is actually a disease of the gut by which I mean of disfunctional absorption of nutrition and/or limited nutrition because of poor dietary choices. H. Pylori, gluten intolerance, Celiac … and how many other contributing factors? Interesting thought!

Nick1962 2012-06-08 09:03:51 -0500 Report

It seems that link may have already been made with T1's.
If I understand this (and other) articles correctly, it's not understood why the cells in a T1's pancreas stop functioning. Some say they're dead, others claim dormant, and through gut cell therapy, they can be regenerated. It could be these cells were suseptable to some dietary or other trauma and just gave up. I'd like to think (maybe wishfully) that like any other body part, once damaged or injured, if they're not a complete loss, rehabilitation would be possible.

dietcherry 2012-06-07 19:26:29 -0500 Report

This discovery is very exciting isnt it? How wonderful it would be for a percentage of potential D diagnosis' to be stopped in their tracks by an antibiotic! Take that D!

jigsaw 2012-06-07 09:10:40 -0500 Report

When I was on Long Island, I used to deal with a natural Pharmacist. He informed me that H Pylori was spread by houseflys landing on food, and the ingesting of that food by humans. I have also read this in the past, but I don't remember the source. In addition to being a cause of stomach ulcers, H Pylori is linked to stomach cancer. If I come across a source of which there are quite a few, I will post it!

dietcherry 2012-06-07 09:47:13 -0500 Report

Great information jigsaw—-thank you for posting! Before reading this article, I had only equated H. pylori with ulcers, as you point out, and never knew it could be the cause of lesser, albeit troubling, symptoms.

jayabee52 2012-06-07 08:39:29 -0500 Report

Do you have any stats on how H pylori affects the male of the species?

jigsaw 2012-06-07 09:17:12 -0500 Report

James—-see my prior response. From what I've heard, and read, H Pylori causes stomach ulcers, and is linked to stomach cancer. I read this in one of my alternative medicine books years ago! If I find the article, I will post it. It affects men and women similarly. It is a common discussion amongst doctors that practice alternative medicine.
Here is one link I just came across:

dietcherry 2012-06-07 08:54:53 -0500 Report

Morning James; no there was nothing included about men :(

arsmithsr 2012-06-08 12:59:32 -0500 Report

This goes along with other research that shows the gatric bypass surgery also cures 75% of the cases of Diabeties. But it is not due to the wieght loss. In most cases the BS is normailized within a couple of days of the surgery. So there is some other mechanism at work in Diabeties. They can't measure the amount of Insulin you are producing they are guessing when they say you are insulin resistant. Truth is they don't know. I believe we will find there is another cause… And it is not that we are all fat and lazy as the popular press would have you believe. But in order for this to proceed Drs need to step out side of the fat lazy diet it is your fault box and re examine what they think they know. After all the one thing science has taught us is we are wrong more than we are right. After all in the 70's and 80's ulcers were known to be caused by stress!!!!

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