I have it as does 90% of my family on my dads side. I've been taking medication for it for about 5 years now. I have been able to control it with diet and excercise but if I slip at all it creeps back. I have 2 pills, 1 for high blood pressure and 1 water pill. Well I've been out of my water pill for several days and haven't called to refill yet. OMG, I am so swollen I can't even take off my wedding ring! Do any of you have this problem? Anyone have any suggestions for all this water retention? I really need to get in and talk to my dr again just don;t have the money right now.
Definately watch your sodium. It's more than just the salt you add to the food. I have just found out I have high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. so I have been watching it. I don't have a big problem with retaining water but I have read a lot about how green tea is a natural diuretic.
Not sure how it would be with the other med you're on, but pamprin, one of the pms otc pills, has a diuretic in it.
My daughter was on a blood pressure pill for her heart problem and her doctor said to have her drink so much in a day, and to watch her sodium intake. Check the sodium lables on the foods you eat.