There have been many times in the past when I happily operated under the idea that I knew what I was doing. More often than I want to admit, my knowledge wasn't always what it should have been during some of those times. I have recently had another such experience.
Most of you who read my blog are aware that I've had some health issues lately, particularly with my breathing. Having finally shook the horrible cold that I had complicating things, I'm somewhat better, but the underlying problem is still there. Mondays, I usually go to work feeling slightly better, but as the week progresses, I feel worse and worse. As always, Friday was MOST welcome this week.
I didn't eat my usual banana and three clementines yesterday, though, as my wife told me about hearing of a drug interaction with those fruits and some blood pressure medications. I knew about grapefruit, but not bananas or oranges. Looking on the internet, I found that she was correct.
That evening, I decided to do a search for other foods rich in potassium, the culprit in reactions with the lisinopril, which is my main BP med. Low and behold, the other foods in my lunch turned up on the list! My single-serving cans of baked beans are made with white beans, which are rich in potassium, and my yogurt is rich in potassium, as well. So are the pears that I've only recently begun taking, and so are the raisins, cashews and almonds in my “trail mix.” Of course, the ham that I take has potassium lactate in it.
My two options are to change what I eat, or change medications. Since I tried changing medications once and had less than perfect results, I guess I'll experiment with changing what I eat. My wife is going to fry me five burgers which I'll use through the week on whole wheat buns. That will lessen my use of ham. I can still eat boiled eggs, since they're not that high in potassium, and I'll switch peaches for pears. Time and research should open up other options.
It may take a week or two to notice any real change, so I'll be patient and see what happens. I've decided that a developing ulcer is part of my problem. I'm on an over-the-counter treatment for it. It will be interesting if potassium reaction is the bulk of the remaining trouble. I still plan to work on my weight problem, though, since I wouldn't even NEED meds if my weight was normal.
The irony here is that most folks have a real problem getting enough potassium in their diet. In fact, I would, too, if it wasn't for the fact that it may be the problem with my breathing, due to interaction. Life is strange! © 2015