“It takes 50 years to get a wrong idea out of medicine, and 100 years a right one into medicine.” —John Hughlings Jackson, neurologist
Diuretics can relieve the symptom of fluid congestion by forcing you to pee more. But, diuretics:
- increase risk of heart death by 50% (Ahmed et al 2007)
- increase risk of overall death by 31% (Ahmed et al 2006).
- are predictive of worse kidney function by 575% (Breidthardt et al 2010)
Research shows that people with heart failure may actually have the failure due to diuretics (Bayliss et al 1987). Furthermore, withdrawal of diuretics cause patients to see improvements in kidney function (Galve 2005). And, if the doctor increases your dose of loop diuretics, he’s increasing your chances of death (Hasselblad et al 2007).