Diuretics on the diet

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07 Jun, 2017 03:12 AM

Hello Ken,
I read one of your responses dating back to 2013 about you being able to stop taking prescription drugs including a diuretic.

I am still taking a combination tablet called Moduretic (containing 50mg hydrochlorothiazide and 5mg amiloride). I have been taking this for 20 years (I think) and at times have been able to reduce the dosage to 1/2 or 1/4 tablet, but never eliminate it. It is holding my blood pressure in check at just under 120/80. I am unusual in that if my pressure rises appreciably during the day, I get such a terrible headache I am unable to function.

I am not asking for medical advice just you experience. How did you decide that you could do without the diurectic you were taking?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ken on 07 Jun, 2017 07:42 PM

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    When my insulin/leptin started to balance the water retention let go - I lost a lot of water weight after it began. I was swollen pretty good.

    All kinds of stuff started taking place. I was able to get off all those meds and shots for diabetes and high blood pressure - my BP range averaged around 160/190 top - 90/110 bottom (28 years I struggled with high BP - Diabetes T2 around 12 years, probably longer). My energy soared when the fat burning started its thing.

    These things began to happen within the 3 - 5 week range.


  2. 2 Posted by fhutt on 07 Jun, 2017 09:37 PM

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    So, after you started you lost a lot of water , your BP must have dropped a lot to make you think that you could remove the diuretic.

    My situation is a little different, I lost about 25 Kg in the last 18 months on a low carb 100gm protein diet (Atkins) when I found the Rosedale diet about a week ago. I don't think I will lose much more water unless it will be due to more weight loss.
    I guess, I'll just have to wait and see how my BP goes.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ken on 10 Jun, 2017 12:16 AM

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    Fhutt, that 100g protein will be a huge hindrance for weight loss. That's why Dr. Rosedale does not care much for the term Ketogenic (while many see a low carb ketogenic diet meaning one can have such a large amount of protein) which Dr. Rosedale's Diet is a moderate protein diet ( the body will only use a certain amount of protein ) at any given time - the rest will be store as fat.


  4. 4 Posted by fhutt on 10 Jun, 2017 12:29 AM

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    Yes, I have recognised that and dropped it down to about 50gm.
    I am not concentrating on weight loss at the moment. I want to get into burning fat properly first. Then maybe improve insulin and leptin sensitivity and then, I think more weight loss will come more naturally. I only have about 8kg weight loss to go - I've lost 26kg already (just hope I don't put on any weight in the meantime).

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Ken on 10 Jun, 2017 12:48 AM

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    As insulin/leptin improves then the fat burning will do its thing - then the weight loss will happen ( if needed ).


  6. 6 Posted by fhutt on 10 Jun, 2017 12:54 AM

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    Thanks Ken. I think I am on the way now.
    In the past, (maybe 25 years) I tried everything to reduce my blood pressure to remove the duiretic without any luck. Maybe it was the insulin/leptin resistance causing it.
    I will find out in the weeks to come (I hope).

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Ken on 10 Jun, 2017 12:59 AM

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    We are wishing you the best..

    Dr. Rosedale, Fiona, Ken - The Rosedale Team

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