acid reflux and diabetes?

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2010-05-24 22:56:09 -0500
Started 2010-04-27 17:43:39 -0500

Do any of you think it is related? My symptoms got worse just before the type2 diagnosis 17 months ago. AT the time, I was so focused on the diabetes, but I was on several medications none of which helped much until Zantac 150 but despite how well I was doing, my doctor put me on Aciphex a few weeks ago. Glad I am no longer on metformin, I don't have to worry about interactions. Anyway, been on that a few weeks, seems to be doing great. Wondered about your experiences with this? Were you on Aciphex and what was the outcome? Thanks

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Emma2412 2010-05-24 22:48:08 -0500 Report

This whole reply is a personal opinion; in other words, none of it is backed up by any "official medical opinion". So, you can take it or leave it. But all of the following comes from my personal battle with acid reflux.

For maybe about 2 years, I had struggled with acid reflux ("A.R.") and after I was diagnosed with the Big D, my doctor wanted me to go on the purple pill, but I flat out refused. I had heard about that purple pill. The side effects of it were incredible.

I hate medicine of any kind. I can't help but think of the terrible side effects that most meds carry with them. So, I figured I'm already taking diabetes medications (Metformin and Actos) and I didn't want to take anything else just because a doctor wanted me to. I'm a firm believer in natural cures and preventions. So, I set out to find what would work for me.

So, I watched what I was eating and made notes of everything. I noticed that I had acid reflux only after a meal with certain kinds of carbs; in other words, carbs that I personally have a problem with, like potatoes and certain types of breads, etc.

I set about changing my diet and included lots of leafy, green veggies and other good carbs, like beans. I found myself a real good bread (which I love and really miss if I don't have), and made other real changes in my diet.

And not that long after changing my diet, I found that I wasn't getting A.R. any longer. My doctor didn't believe it and wanted to do some tests on me and give me all sorts of meds to "cure the damage" that the A.R. had done, according to her. But I insisted it was gone and it is gone. I haven't had it now for about 3 years.

There's also a lot to be said about digestive enzymes, which most of us are deficient in. So, you can check that out, too.

I know I'm a rebel, but that's me. LOL
Like I said, you can check it out yourself, if you want or just ignore what I've said.

Junebug77 2010-05-01 14:31:19 -0500 Report

Ok, here's the truth about GERD. The real problem is that you don't have enough acid in your stomach. You may need a hydro-chloric supplement. Conventional medicine will give you protonix, pepsid, ,,et al…all the others to "STOP" the stomach acid in your tummy…stop the pain…? right and the real problem is that you don't have enough to do the digestion function you need. The body needs an alkaline/acid balance.
A diet high in acid forming elements rob the body of alkalinzing foods and their minerals. The biggest offenders are animal foods, soft drinks, alcohol, medical drugs and stress. To resolve this situation it is important to increase the plant-source foods that provide alkaline minerals such as organic sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium. The greener the better…If you aren't close to becoming a rabbit yet…you can juice your greens and heal even faster.

source: There is a cure for diabetes. by Dr. G. Cousens

GabbyPA 2010-05-02 14:50:18 -0500 Report

This must be why after I was diagnosed my burn stopped. I eat a lot of greens, dark and ymmy greens. That must be helping. Thanks for the info.

runthe 2010-04-28 16:25:25 -0500 Report

I have acid reflux for the past 5 years and I take protonix twice a day. also, since i take so many pills and I am having so much pain in my stomach i am taking metoclopramide 2 time a day.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-04-27 23:11:23 -0500 Report

I have had GERD for many years, probably due to drinking too much cold, strong hospital coffee, but the diabetis was diagnosed just 3 years ago, so in my case, I don't see that diabetis has much to do with it. If my nerves get frizzy, anything I eat, especially meat—-maybe I haven't chewed it long enough, will not slide DOWN, catches mid-way, then up and up and upp——yeek—I HATE IT! Have been on Prilosec, or such for years. Pat R

Emma2412 2010-05-24 22:56:09 -0500 Report

I don't think it has much to do with diabetes, but I do think that a poor diet has everything to do with it. If you've got a stressful job, which seems to be the case, you might be eating the wrong kind of carbs for your body because you're on the run during the day Try eating good leafy green salads during your day and see if that helps. It should. If you can't do that, then try going to a health food store and buying a bottle of natural digestive enzymes and take the recommended daily dosage. Personally, I don't think any of us have enough of them.

GabbyPA 2010-04-27 18:13:56 -0500 Report

Wow, for me it was opposite. I used to take a pepcid every day with my morning supplements. After I was diagnosed I continued and then found that I didn't need it anymore. Mostly I think for me it is because I am eating less food and more healthy. Chocolate used to do me in. I still have a few things that bother me like my meatloaf, but other than that, I don't have to deal with it anymore.

tabby9146 2010-04-27 18:28:00 -0500 Report

I LOVE chocolate and I have a little most everyday. Sometimes the sugar free, one or two pieces, other times, just a little bit of dark chocolate, since they say it is so good for you to have a little. I found that there was no particular food that caused it. It started almost two years ago, gradually infrequently, and getting worse over time. I always made sure I did not eat past 7 p.m., and I was sitting up until bed a few hours later. Pepcid AC helped prevent it, but if I did not take it and had a episode, it tooks HOURS for it to go away. Same with some other things I took. Even Zantac 150 took a long time to take it away, but as long as I took one pill per day, it prevented it. Also, I only have it at night, never during the day. Haven't had any side effects with the Aciphex yet so I don't guess I will since it's been a few wks. It is VERY expensive. My insurance won't pay any part of it, and there is no generic. My doctor have me a two week supply, then I learned about a free two week trail so I did that to and asked my doctor's office for a few more samplesa nd I only got 9! Pretty soon, I will have to pay a lot for it until the doctor says I can stop. I have a $55 off card, but I would still pay much. I might have to have that scope put down my throat. I am nervous about it, but ready for that. My son had that done a few years ago, we both tested positive for H. Pylori bacteria. I took all those antibiotics even tho I had no symptoms at the time, and a few months after taking all of that, I began to have the symptoms. I guess it is back again. It worries me because this bacteria can cause stomach cancer.

GabbyPA 2010-04-28 10:10:24 -0500 Report

oh my. That sounds like quite an ordeal. I suppose I would want that scope to check things out. Maybe there is another cause. I did what you were saying, I took one pill a day and it worked for me. I used store brand pepcid because other stuff was too much. I am just glad I don't have to use it anymore.
I do like the bittersweet chocolates that are 75% cocoa or more. Those don't bother me. I think in all honesty, it is the sugar that does it with certain food combinations.

Harlen 2010-04-27 18:00:18 -0500 Report

I had ARD 4 yeard befor D so I dont know ?

badwound 2010-05-02 18:28:52 -0500 Report

I use to have it alot but since my blood sugars are now under control I rarely get it but when my blood sugar gets high I get the heart burn, so I try to stay at a good level