Heartburn medication known as proton pump inhibitors, are already linked to kidney damage, bone fractures, and dementia. Not a good look…and according to a study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, we can add increased risk of death to that list. The study compared users of PPIs and H2 blockers (another type of heartburn medication) and found a 25% increase in risk of death for long term PPI users. The reason for the added risk? Well, the recommended treatment regimen for PPIs is usually two to eight weeks; however, patients aren’t usually re-examined and are never told to stop use so they continue getting refill after refill for years. So maybe once your heartburn subsides a bit, lay off the pills.