Common Blood Pressure Med Linked to CANCER?!
If you’re taking meds for high blood pressure, you know they come with some nasty side effects.
I’m talking about nausea… fatigue… and that dizziness that never seems to go away.
But there’s one other side effect you may never know about – until it’s too late.
One of the most popular blood pressure drugs around (one you may be taking right now) can send your risk of cancer through the roof.
Here’s how to keep yourself safe – and how to beat high blood pressure without touching a prescription drug again.
You’ve probably heard a thousand times that high blood pressure puts you at a high risk for heart attack and stroke.
But some of the drugs used to treat it may be even more deadly.
Brand new research suggests that the blood pressure med hydrochlorothiazide – or HCTZ – sends your risk of skin cancer through the roof.
HCTZ (sold under brand names like Microzide) is one of the most commonly prescribed blood pressure drugs in the U.S., and millions of people are taking it right now.
Danish researchers evaluated more than 80,000 patients, and found that folks taking HCTZ had dramatically increased chances of two types of skin cancer — basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.
In fact, researchers think that HCTZ side effects could account for as many as 11 percent of all cases of squamous cell carcinoma (a particularly deadly type of skin cancer).
Those who took HCTZ for at least six years were 29 percent more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and nearly four times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma.
And the cancer risk skyrocketed for patients who had been on HCTZ for a decade or more.
You see, HCTZ makes your skin more vulnerable to sun damage from UV rays, increasing the risk and occurrence of skin cancers.
If you or a loved one is taking HCTZ to treat high blood pressure, immediately consult your doctor about a better plan of action.
In the meantime, you can take natural, healthy steps towards keeping your blood pressure under control.
For instance, foods rich in citrulline and arginine amino acids – like watermelon, for instance – can cause a decrease in blood pressure because these compounds cause blood vessels to dilate and relax.
Pomegranate is another fruit whose rich antioxidants have been shown to reduce blood pressure and prevent blood clots.
Additionally, you can take daily Vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D suppresses the hormone renin which causes blood pressure to spike.