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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Low Stomach Acid

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Can GERD really be caused by low stomach acid? Could be why 5+ rx's made me worse? Any standard tests to find out or is it more trial and error?

Can GERD really be caused by low stomach acid? Could be why 5+ rx's made me worse?   Any standard tests to find out or is it more trial and error?

Reflux: People with low stomach acid can still get reflux if they have an incompetent valve at the junction of the esophagus and stomach and eat large meals, recline after eating, are obese or eat fatty or oily meals which slow stomach emptying. If there is some acid in the stomach caffeine and chocolate may give them reflux also. An old fashioned upper GI series and barium swallow may help in diagnosis. ...Read more

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If hypothyroidism causes hypochloridia (low stomach acid) will iodine supplementation kick both into action?

If hypothyroidism causes hypochloridia (low stomach acid) will iodine supplementation kick both into action?

Maybe...: Be careful with iodine. If hypothyroidism is due to iodine deficiency, perhaps, but often thyroid problems are due to other reasons. Do not overdose on iodine. Find a good integrative medicine doctor who can help explore why your thyroid might not be functioning well. Consider betaine hcl to help digestion in the meantime. ...Read more

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I've read gerd/heartburn is often caused by low stomach acid and not too much. Is this true or more of a holistic/natural type point of view?

I've read gerd/heartburn is often caused by low stomach acid and not too much. Is this true or more of a holistic/natural type point of view?

Not true: GERD is caused by contents in the stomach coming up through the esophagus, which in turn has a poorly understood cause. We think it is probably due to too many random openings of the valve. Certain medications can also cause the valve to open, as can stress, obesity, & problems with the stomach emptying to name a few. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can low stomach acid cause acquired fructose intolerance?

Can low stomach acid cause acquired fructose intolerance?

No.: Carb intolerances are from the intestinal enzyme deficiencies, not low stomach acid. ...Read more

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Can low stomach acid cause hair thinning or even loss? How do I know if I have low or excess stomach acid?because I feel like I have the symptoms!

Can low stomach acid cause hair thinning or even loss? How do I know if I have low or excess stomach acid?because I feel like I have the symptoms!

No: Low or High are "useless terms" and hair loss is in no way connected with either! Symptoms of so called "hyperacidity (eg heartburn, stomach pain) are NOT due to "the amount" of acid but the GI tracts "sensitivity" towards it! Speak with your Primary Care Provider about your symptoms! Hope this helps! DR Z ...Read more

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Can a very low stomach acid directly/indirectly cause depression, depersonalization, anxiety as well as chronic hypersexuality?

Can a very low stomach acid directly/indirectly cause depression, depersonalization, anxiety as well as chronic hypersexuality?

Hormones?: A gastroenterologist can help you with your stomach acid levels. The other issues you mention are best dealt w/by a clinical psychologist and/or psychiatrist. Your doc can check your hormone levels to help with sexuality. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If someone has low stomach acid and poor digestion could that cause an allergy to gluten? Could it cause gluten antibodies to be elevated?

Possibly: If you are not producing acid in the stomach, this can lead to poor digestion of proteins and increased bacteria in the intestines. Poor digestion and bacterial overgrowth can lead to compromise of the intestinal lining. This intern could lead to more gluten passing through the intestinal barrier and stimulating the immune system to produce anti-gluten antibodies. Get in if you have problems. ...Read more