What food is good for BLEEDING PROBLEMS




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BLEEDING PROBLEMS

FOODS THAT HARM

  • Alcohol

    FOODS THAT HEAL

  • Green peas
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Liver
  • Lean meat
  • Legumes
  • Citrus fruits

    FOODS TO LIMIT

  • Omega-3 fatty acid supplements

    WHO’S AFFECTED

  • People with hereditary bleeding disorders, such as hemophiliacs
  • People with certain cancers, such as leukemia
  • People with vitamin K deficiencies Most bleeding disorders such as hemophilia stem from some type of thrombocytopenia, the medical term for a reduced number of platelets, the blood cells instrumental in clotting
    Symptoms vary, but they typically include easy bruising, frequent nosebleeds, and excessive bleeding from even minor cuts
    Bleeding gums unrelated to dental problems are common
    Affected women may experience very heavy menstrual periods
    Bleeding disorders due to nutritional deficiencies are uncommon in North America, but they do occur

    Nutrition Connection

    No studies have examined the link between nutrition and hemophilia, but here are some general suggestions
    Eat foods rich in vitamin K
    This vitamin is necessary for the blood to clot normally and is made by bacteria in the human intestinal tract
    Sources include green peas, broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, and liver
    However, foods high in vitamin K should be limited by people taking anticoagulant medication
    Consider vitamin K supplements
    Supplements may help more than increasing intake of foods with vitamin K, but speak to your doctor first
    Again, supplements should not be taken by those taking anticoagulants
    WARNING! FOOD-DRUG INTERACTION While adding more foods high in vitamin K is recommended for most people with bleeding problems, those taking an anticoagulant medication such as coumadin should limit their intake of such foods
    The vitamin can counteract the desired effect of the drug
    Limit intake of omega-3 fatty acids
    They can suppress platelet function
    People taking high doses of fish oil supplements have an increased risk of developing bleeding problems; the risk is compounded if they are also taking aspirin
    Eat more foods with vitamin C
    Vitamin C deficiency can cause bleeding gums
    This deficiency may occur in alcoholics or people who eat few fruits and vegetables
    Monitor your iron levels
    Chronic blood loss can lead to anemia, a blood disorder that is characterized by inadequate levels of red blood cells
    Lean meat, liver, legumes plus extra iron, folate and vitamin B12
    Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption
    Alcohol can act as a blood thinner, making wounds take longer to heal and leading to more serious bleeding conditions

    Beyond the Diet

    Treatment of bleeding disorders varies according to the underlying cause, but it’s also helpful to take the following steps for good health: Check all medications
    Prolonged antibiotic therapy may destroy the bacteria that make vitamin K, resulting in bleeding
    Overuse suppresses normal platelet function
    Exercise regularly
    Exercising can build muscle and help joints function
    But avoid contact sports