by Debbie
(Thunder Bay)

Hi Wray
I am looking for Muriel I have a few questions to ask her if I may ...I seem to be in the same boat with fluid retention for months and high blood pressure I may have some other medical issues with my liver and or kidneys and investigations are on going but in the mean time I seem to recall Muriel had high blood pressure and took a diuretic and BP med I am just wondering if they startred them together or was the diuretic prescribed first ..her answer would really help because they are thinking due to my high renin I may need an ACE Inhibitor but I am not sure anyone is too sure so If Muriel is still around to answer this it would help me so much Thanks Wray

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May 21, 2012
by: Wray

Hi Debbie I see you've found the page you're looking for, as I notice you've made a comment on it. If your renin is high, it's more than likely your vitamin D is very low. A lack of vitamin D causes the renin-angiotensin system to kick in, see here, here here and here. You do live in Canada which doesn't get enough sun to make it for most of the year, see here, here, here and here. The higher north above the equator a person lives, the higher the blood pressure. Please have a vitamin D test done. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. This is an excellent video to watch on blood pressure and heart disease, he concentrates a great deal on renin, see Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - David C Sane, M.D. It starts with an irritating ad, please ignore this. Please read this page here by Ray Peat, he also has some very interesting things to say about water retention and high BP. Take care Wray

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