Blood pressure medication to protect kidneys?
Posted 23 December 2010 - 05:45 PM
My doctor keeps nagging me to take these and I keep refusing. The highest BP reading I have ever had is 120/76. I hate taking any medicine that isn't absolutely necessary.
Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:34 PM
Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:41 PM
i have both type 1 diabetes and high blood pressure..obviously neither could be controlled with diet and exercise alone..the HTN came 1st to our awareness..whenever i ask if i could titrate off my HTN meds (atenolol ( beta blocker) and hydrochlothiazide) my docs look at me like i am nuts..i am kinda of glad not to have to think about it..btw..i am fairly trim and pretty fit..eat low salt and low carb, work out 6/7 days and still need the meds to control my htn..just like the insulin..i think they will always be in my repertoire
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:07 PM
He really doesn't have a good explanation. Like most doctors he goes by what the maker of the drugs tell him and of course they would like to see every person on earth taking their pills.
I don't have absolute proof, but I was told the same thing. I was also told that a very small dose was enough to help. Small enough not to effect the blood pressure. It is a good question, what does your doctor say when you ask?
Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:35 PM
At this moment I have my insulin to "feed me". Then I have my Aspirin 81mg and Lipitor 10mg to protect my heart. That is all I take.
DX 02/2002, Minimed 530G(751) w/CGMS on Humalog
Aspirin 81mg + Lipitor 10mg + Losartan 50mg
09/2015 A1C 5.6 Chol=136 Trig=71 HDL=50 LDL=72
03/2015 A1C 5.6 Chol=141 Trig=71 HDL=44 LDL=83
10/2014 A1C 5.6 Chol=141 Trig=75 HDL=49 LDL=77
05/2014 A1C 5.8 Chol=154 Trig=96 HDL=48 LDL=87
Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:43 PM
I started taking this medication this year & immediately reported marked pain in the region of my kidneys (which the nephrologist was keen to dismiss). My blood test results showed anemia & high uric acid for the first time in my diabetic career, which my GP suggested was probably due to dehydration. He did add that all BP medication have that diuretic effect to some degree ...
My advice to you. If you really do not have blood pressure problems stay away from these drugs! You are absolutely correct in saying that if a drug is not necessary, one shouldn't be taking it!
Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:45 PM
Moderate carb diet 40-75 carbs a day
3 T of Coconut Oil daily
Vit D, CoQ10, Melatonin, Multi vitamin, zinc, B 12
Chia Seeds , Flaxseeds, fish oil, biotin,tumeric, Occuvite, chromium and zinc
Exercise- Tennis - 2 hours/week, Power Walking- 2-5 miles most days, Hiking in the summer on trails and in the mountains
diagnosed Feb 2007
Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:45 PM
Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:59 PM
Thanks for all the responses. By "absolute proof" I'm referring to an independent double blind study that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that blood pressure medication helps prevent kidney damage in those who do not have high blood pressure. Nothing short of this will convince me that this is not just the drug companies trying to push more of their BP drugs.
I don't think ANY drug can satisfy that criteria. And even if there was some irrefutable high probability of it doing that, who's to guarantee that it will also work for you?
Posted 05 January 2011 - 06:10 PM
Posted 05 January 2011 - 07:41 PM
Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:09 AM
I just started going to a low income clinic and they gave me lisinopril in addition to my hctz and I do have hbp so I can trust that they gave it to me for a good reason.
2000 mg Metformin
25 mg HCTZ
50 mg Losartan
300mg Mega Red Krill Oil
7/14 - 6.1
4/23 - 6.5
4/14 - 6.8
3/14 - 6.9
2/14 - 7.4
1/14 - 8.1
12/13 - 7.9
4/5/10 - 6.7
12/18/09 - 7.9
6/22/09 - 7.2
3/19/09 - 11.8
2/5/09 - 10.4 (just starting meds)
I've lost 23 lbs since 1/15/14 !!
Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:52 AM
Posted 28 January 2011 - 11:48 AM
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