Most, doctors specializing in the treatment of arthritis, joint pain, back pain, neck pain, and other diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system never even consider diet as an important factor in the development of these conditions. I was formally trained in rheumatology at the VA hospital in Houston, TX, and I can say that diet and nutritional recommendations to patients were discouraged and in most cases frowned upon by our attending physicians. It was actually this experience that prompted me to dig deeper into the connection between join/muscle diseases and food.
People who take prescription medications to lower their blood pressure and treat certain heart conditions, can also suffer from dry eye. Beta blockers, for example, slow heart rate, reduce the force of heart muscle contractions and lessen blood vessel contraction. But these drugs are thought to decrease sensitivity of the cornea, the transparent window of the eye. When that happens, it can dampen the stimulus for tear glands to release tears, Dr. Maskin explains. Diuretics, also known as water pills, are another type of blood pressure-lowering medicine that work by encouraging the body to excrete more urine. Drugs like Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide) and Lasix (furosemide) flush excess water out of the body—and the eyes.
Three types of blood-pressure medications — diuretics (or “water pills”), beta-blockers and alpha-blockers — have been found to have the highest incidence of sexual side effects. Some diuretics, for example, not only interfere with blood flow to the sex organs but increase the body’s excretion of zinc, which is needed to produce testosterone. And beta-blockers can sabotage a satisfying sex life at least three ways — by making you feel sedated and depressed, by interfering with nerve impulses associated with arousal and by reducing testosterone levels.