Eat More Potassium Foods When Taking Diuretic DrugsSeptember 29, 2011
Question: I have high blood pressure and was put on medication plus hydrochlorothiazide. I started to lose potassium and had to come off the HTZ. Now I can’t get my blood pressure down. Any suggestions? — Pamilia, via email
Answer: HTZ is a diuretic, or “water pill,” that’s a frontline treatment for lowering blood pressure. It works by triggering your kidneys to flush out excess water and salt, but potassium often gets flushed, too — right down the toilet.
Usually it’s a mild deficiency that can be cured by eating potassium-rich foods and taking a supplement. But there’s a conundrum: A solid amount of potassium (plus calcium and magnesium) may be important for keeping your BP down…
Read the original article at the San Francisco Examiner for more.