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Water retention is usually caused by kidneys not working optimally or heart disease (irregular heartbeat or heart failure). Other causes could be high cortisol or insulin levels or high progesterone levels. One should check kidney function (blood test) and look for signs of heart disease, check cortisol, progesterone and fasting insulin levels (blood tests). If no specific cause can be found, you can use a low dose of diuretic, but have your electrolytes checked about twice a year. You should try to cut down on salt intake if you think you eat a lot of salty foods.
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