This morning, I shared with you how taking aspirin every day can increase your risk of getting a sunburn and, ultimately, developing the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma.
And as I mentioned, that’s not the only med that can induce sun sensitivity in your skin, making you burn more quickly and more severely than before you started taking it.
So, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of another drug that can do the same thing… and also comes with its own skin cancer risk.
I’m talking about the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (a.k.a. Microzide), commonly prescribed by docs to help lower blood pressure.
In the study, Danish researchers linked data on hydrochlorothiazide use to cancer registry records and found that those who took the drug daily for six years were 29 percent more likely to develop a type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.
Not only that, but they were also four times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer that can grow into deeper layers of your skin... and even spread to other parts of your body.
What's more, when the researchers looked at those who took hydrochlorothiazide the longest -- about 24 years of daily use – those subjects were 54 percent more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and SEVEN TIMES more likely to get squamous cell carcinoma than those who never took it.
And for some folks, even 24 years is just a drop in the bucket, as this is a drug you're supposed to take for the rest of your life.
Now, we know from previous studies that hydrochlorothiazide has been linked to another dermatological issue: a higher risk of sunburns.
The theory is that the drug can make your skin more vulnerable to damage from UV rays, allowing cancer to take hold.
But that doesn’t mean that you have to start hiding in the shadows like a vampire. Because you might not need to be on hydrochlorothiazide in the first place!
If you ask me, it’s just too easy for mainstream docs to diagnose you with hypertension based on ONE reading… at one time… on one day.
And now that new guidelines have lowered the hypertension threshold to 130/80 (previously 140/90), lots of people find themselves in the same boat: instantaneously diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Mind you, that doesn’t mean their BP is ACTUALLY high… that it needs to be lowered… or that it needs to be lowered with DRUGS.
After all, many BP meds have been shown to cause serious side effects that range from irregular heartbeat to problems in the bedroom. And in many cases, simple lifestyle changes -- such as losing weight, exercising regularly, and supplementing your diet with natural BP regulators -- can keep your BP in check without side effects.
As you’ve read right here in eTips, I recommend magnesium, tart cherry juice, and cinnamon. Even taking a hot bath can work wonders.