Roger Waters Opens Up About Chronic Illness And Recent Operation

Roger Waters recently revealed details about his health in a tweet, including a chronic condition and a recent surgery.

Before the upcoming release of his new album scheduled for October 6, Waters took to Twitter to answer fan queries. Among them, a question about his fitness regimen led the rocker to disclose his battle with aldosteronism, a condition where the adrenal glands produce excessive aldosterone:

“I eat a lot of protein. I take pills because I have high blood pressure. I have aldosteronism. If you don’t know what that is, I’m going to tell you. If you have nodules, even benign nodules, on your adrenal glands, those glands produce a hormone called aldosterone.

And if they produce it in too great quantities, it goes into your bloodstream through your kidneys, and it jacks up your blood pressure, whatever you eat or whatever you do to prevent it. So, I take pills to try and control that. And I thank goodness they’re working at the moment.”

Waters also delved into his fitness routine, saying he has been avoiding processed foods and limiting his sugar consumption:

“I don’t eat processed food. I try to eat as little sugar as possible, though I do still drink cheap white wine, and that is just sugar obviously that’s been turned to alcohol, so that’s bad for me. But I confess I still drink wine. I do planks, wall sits, and all that stuff, and I have a trainer, Josh Holland, who I work with whenever I’m on the road. So, I try, I do try to build muscle, and it’s not easy. There’s a lot, quite a lot of work goes into it.”

The musician also disclosed a recent operation he went under. He revealed he is now under medical advisement to stay away from specific exercises:

“I’m going to boast to you now, Bo, I have been known to do a seven-minute plank. Do you want to see it now? All right, no. Actually, I can’t because I’ve just had a hernia operation, and I went in there for the two-week checkup afterward. Nurse Hann said, ‘Yeah, you can lift very light weights, like, no more than 15 pounds, but no abdominal. No planks. And I went, ‘No, okay.’ So I have to leave those out for a bit.”

Waters has been busy re-recording and reimagining ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ for its fiftieth anniversary. While the album will see changes like the addition of spoken word sections, Waters’ decision not to include other original Pink Floyd members has raised eyebrows.

The new album, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon Redux,’ already has a few tracks available for fans, including the singles ‘Speak to Me’ and ‘Breathe.’ Fans might note the spoken lyrics in these tracks, borrowed from Pink Floyd’s 1972 album, ‘Obscured by Clouds.’ The full album is currently available for pre-order.

You can check out Waters’ tweet below.