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High Blood Pressure, Prescription Diuretics & Gout

By September 14, 2022No Comments5 min read

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when blood exerts excessive pressure on the walls of your arteries. One in every three adults has high blood pressure, which usually goes unnoticed. However, it can lead to serious complications such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack, and kidney disease.

What changes in lifestyle can help lower high blood pressure?

  • Weight loss
  • Being physically active Limiting your sodium intake Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs
  • Getting sufficient sleep
  • Reduce your stress.
  • Consider taking high-quality supplements like CoQ10, as well as HBP-specific supplements like Blood Pressure Health.

What if lifestyle changes alone are ineffective at lowering blood pressure?

Lifestyle changes alone may not be enough to control or lower your high blood pressure. In that case, your doctor may prescribe blood pressure medication.


How do blood pressure medicines work?

Blood pressure medications work in a variety of ways to reduce blood pressure:

The narrowing of blood vessel is reduced by using an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).
Calcium channel blockers prevent calcium from entering the heart and blood vessel muscle cells. This causes the blood vessels to dilate.
Diuretics flush out excess water and sodium (salt) from the body. This reduces the volume of fluid in your blood. Diuretics are frequently combined with other high blood pressure medications, sometimes in a single pill.
Beta blockers assist your heart in beating more slowly and with less force. This means that your heart is pumping less blood through your veins. Beta blockers are typically used only as a last resort or in conjunction with other conditions.

Two or more medications are frequently more effective than one. While taking the medications, it is still critical to maintain your healthy lifestyle changes.

The Diuretic and Gout Connection

Diuretics can increase your chances of getting Gout.

This is because diuretics cause increased urination, which decreases the amount of fluid in your body. However, the remaining fluid is more concentrated, which may increase your chances of developing the crystals that cause gout. Some diuretics also reduce the excretion of urate, a component of uric acid, by the kidneys.

Aside from the issues mentioned above, prescription diuretics can cause sodium, potassium, magnesium, and other mineral imbalances. Too little sodium, believe it or not, can be just as harmful as too much. Mineral balance is critical for Gout control, as well as overall health and inflammation control.

Potassium Levels

Potassium is essential for many bodily functions, including blood pressure regulation and muscle growth. Potassium is also essential for maintaining normal uric acid levels. When you consider that one of the side effects of diuretics is low potassium, which is also an issue for healthy blood pressure, they can be quite counterproductive.

Potassium levels that are adequate will help to maintain both blood pressure and uric acid levels that are adequate. The recommended daily dose is 3500-4000mg. The higher the number, the better, especially if you’re taking a diuretic of any kind. There are numerous fruits and vegetables that can help you achieve this goal. If you have Gout, eat more vegetables and try to keep your fructose intake under 25g per day. With high fructose fruits, this can quickly add up. Baked potatoes, squash, lima beans, coconut water, plain full-fat yogurt, halibut, spinach, sweet potato, bananas, and carrot juice are all high in potassium.

Sodium Levels

Sodium imbalances can also be harmful to Gout, High Blood Pressure, and overall health. When diuretics are combined with a low sodium diet, the levels can actually fall too low. Sodium is an important electrolyte that helps regulate the amount of water in your cells and can cause hyponatremia. When the sodium concentration in your blood is abnormally low, you have hyponatremia.

Mineral deficiency symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Constipation, Bloating, Abdominal Pain, Vomiting, Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Slow would healing
  • Poor concentration
  • Numbness/Tingling in the extremities

Nutritional Support

To compensate for the loss of minerals and thiamine, take a multivitamin and mineral supplement that contains thiamine and other B vitamins.
Reduce your intake of processed or fast food, which is high in sodium and low in potassium and magnesium.
Coffee and alcohol are also depleters of potassium and magnesium.
Limiting sugar-sweetened beverages and foods and beverages containing high fructose corn syrup
Artificial sweeteners should be avoided.
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight according to your BMI
Consume a well-balanced diet to counteract depletions. The pH balance in each meal is extremely beneficial.

It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to help manage gout.