H Pylori Eradication Improves Gastric Atrophy Even In Elderly Patients With Severe Stomach Damage
Long-term H pylori infection is known to cause a condition called atrophic gastritis, where the stomach lining is severely damaged and worn down by chronic inflammation. This condition is particularly prevalent in the older population.
Atrophic gastritis, whether it is caused by H pylori or not, can cause significant nutritional deficiencies, especially of vitamin B12. Atrophic gastritis also increases the risk of stomach cancer. Furthermore, atrophic gastritis can be asymptomatic, that is people do not experience symptoms as a result of the condition.
This is a problem because if you have atrophic gastritis, which increases cancer risk, but you don’t feel any symptoms, you’re not getting any warning signals from your body that there is a problem. Furthermore, if H pylori infection is causing the atrophic gastritis, surely you need to know it’s there so you can get rid of it! By eradicating H pylori – even if you do not have symptoms – you have a great chance of reducing cancer risk.
I’m sure you’ll agree this is really important information!
A 2010 study investigated the effects of H. pylori eradication on serum pepsinogen levels (a marker of atrophic gastritis) in healthy middle-aged and elderly subjects with mild to severe atrophic gastritis.
The researchers found that, over a four-year period, patients with atrophic gastritis who eradicated H pylori experienced a significant improvement of their condition, leading them to conclude that, “Eradication of H. pylori improved atrophic gastritis even in elderly subjects with severe atrophy”.
In other words, even in experimental subjects who did not have symptoms, the eradication of H pylori improved their atrophic gastritis, thereby reducing their risk of developing stomach cancer.
Furthermore, by allowing their stomach tissue to heal through the successful treatment of H pylori, nutrient absorption – B12, folic acid, calcium, iron, zinc and other essential nutrients – will also have improved, providing untold health benefits.
T. Shimoyama. Eradication of H. pylori improves gastric atrophy identified by serum pepsinogen levels in healthy middle-aged and elderly subjects – a 4-year follow up study. European Helicobacter Study Group. XXIII International Workshop on Helicobacter and Related Bacteria in Chronic Digestive Inflammation and Gastric Cancer. Rotterdam, September 16–18, 2010. P.322.
Dave Hompes’ Comments
It still surprises me that doctors in general aren’t aware of the possible consequences of having even an asymptomatic H pylori infection and I discuss the consequences of atrophic gastritis in detail in my book, The Hompes Method. Atrophic gastritis is a condition afflicting a lot of people (it’s estimated that some 60-70% of folk over the age of 60 have this condition).
It prevents proper manufacture of stomach acid and intrinsic factor, leading to nutritional deficiency. It also increases the risk of developing other bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections because the acid barrier in the stomach is left open when the stomach cannot make enough acid due to the gastritis. The low stomach acid levels cannot prevent bad bugs to pass from the stomach into the intestine, where they colonize and cause further problems.
These bad bugs include worms like hookworm and whipworm, microscopic parasites like Blastocystis hominis, Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter can also prosper from this situation, and yeast/fungal overgrowth is common.
The fact that atrophic gastritis improves even in elderly people after successful H pylori treatment demonstrates the incredible innate healing power of the body. The majority of the patients in the study presented here did not have obvious digestive symptoms, yet we know H pylori– associated atrophic gastritis increases stomach cancer risk.
In light of these observations, and in light of the medical system trying to insist everyone over 50 years of age takes drugs like statins, don’t you think it’s time everyone was routinely screened for H pylori in order to reduce the risk of stomach cancer?
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Dave Hompes & The Hompes Method team