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How Do Diuretics Work?

 
 
Noddy24
 
Reply Thu 14 Sep, 2006 11:43 am
Can someone explain to me just how a diuretic works?
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 14 Sep, 2006 11:46 am
are you taking the piss or something
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 14 Sep, 2006 12:44 pm
How crazy is this? I was looking at an old issue Esquire yesterday and read something that made me ask the same question. Here is what I read:

From Esquire's The Best and The Brightest Issue (December 2005)

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So I looked up diuretics....

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Diuretics, sometimes called water pills, help rid your body of sodium and water. They work by making your kidneys excrete more sodium in urine. The sodium, in turn, takes water with it from your blood. That decreases the amount of fluid flowing through your blood vessels, which reduces pressure on the walls of your arteries.


Does that help?
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Thu 14 Sep, 2006 12:58 pm
quote

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are you taking the piss or something


Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Thu 14 Sep, 2006 01:02 pm
Boomer--

Thank you.

Last year I was diagnosed with pre-high blood pressure which is now under control.

Perhaps salt retention is a way of crawling right back across the primal ooze into the embracing ocean?
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 14 Sep, 2006 01:29 pm
i thought this was all about tom cruise and ron hubbard
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 14 Sep, 2006 02:57 pm
Lots of good info on the kidney here, including diuretics.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/kidney.htm

Excerpt on diuretics:

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Diuretics
People with chronic high blood pressure (hypertension) often take a class of drugs called diuretics to control their blood pressure. Diuretics reduce Na reabsorption from the lumen of the nephron. Water reabsorption is also reduced. Therefore, Na and water are lost in the urine, which increases urine flow. The decreased reabsorption of Na and water from the nephron reduces blood volume, thereby reducing blood pressure.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Thu 14 Sep, 2006 03:24 pm
Butrflynet00

Thanks for the information. Individual differences are fascinating. Oh, Brave New World.
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