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Folic acid reduces hypertension risk

Eradicating H. pylori infection leads to a marked increase in the incidence of hyperlipidemia and obesity, Japanese researchers claim.

The researchers called for patients with peptic ulcer disease to receive nutritional counselling and lipid monitoring following treatment for H. pylori infection. But they admitted the reasons for their findings were unclear.

The study compared 50 peptic ulcer patients who had triple eradication therapy and 100 matched controls without peptic ulcers. One year after eradication therapy, patients showed significant increases in body weight, body mass index, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.

The incidence of hypercholesterolemia rose from 30 per cent before treatment to 58 per cent afterwards, while the incidence of obesity went up from 12 to 22 per cent.

The research was published in Digestive and Liver Disease (January).

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