Here’s the choice your doctor will give you when your blood pressure jumps. Except he won’t quite put it this way.
What would you rather risk? A dangerous potassium shortage in your body, or a case of skin cancer?
Of course, a “choice” like that is no choice at all. Yet that’s exactly what doctors are offering right now, as a new report exposes an ugly risk of a common blood pressure drug.
So today, let me offer you another option. And it’s one that can give you all the benefits of a diuretic without forcing you to face these and other INSANE risks.
Because there IS another way. Let’s take a peek behind Door Number Three…
Diuretic TRIPLES your risk of low potassium
Diuretics have been around for decades. So you’d think we know everything we need to know about them by now. But we don’t.
And now, we’re just learning of a frightening risk linked to one of the most popular of the diuretics. It turns out the drug chlorthalidone, also sold as Thalitone, can do more than chase water out of your body.
It can sap you of your potassium, which helps to regulate fluids, balance electrolytes, control muscles, and signal nerves. In other words, it’s pretty essential for a mineral that never gets much attention.
Now, if you know anything about diuretics, you probably know including a few potassium-rich foods, like bananas, in your diet is a good idea. Otherwise, you might experience things like muscle cramps.
But no banana is going to fix THIS problem. Because the new study finds that chlorthalidone not only could cut your potassium levels, but it TRIPLES your risk of a dangerous deficiency.
The risk isn’t exactly rare, either. The study finds six percent of the patients who take the drug… that’s nearly 1 in 15… will face low potassium. That, in turn, can lead to heartbeat problems, confusion, and other frightening side effects.
Over longer periods, low potassium could damage your kidneys and may lead to kidney failure. It can even raise your risk of developing diabetes.
Try natural solutions instead
The new report is urging docs to offer patients a different diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide or Microzide. Except that’s a case of jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.
Because another recent study found that hydrochlorothiazide can make your skin more sensitive to UV light and more easily damaged by sun exposure. That can increase your risk of the two most common forms of skin cancer, especially squamous cell carcinoma.
Which risk would YOU rather face? Personally, I’d choose Door Number Three, NONE of the above.
If you actually need the diuretic effect of the drug, ask your doctor about trying a natural option such as dandelion greens. Sounds crazy, I know. But many people find it works, and it’s often a key ingredient in natural diuretic capsules.
And if you’re taking a diuretic for blood pressure control, talk to your doctor about natural solutions. There are far less risky options, including better mineral balance – cutting salt while increasing calcium, magnesium, and potassium. As well as natural therapies such as coenzyme Q10, L-arginine, lycopene, and garlic extract.
You may find your body responds to the natural solutions as well as… or better than… the drugs, and you can kick the diuretic and other blood pressure pills permanently.