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Recommended Lifestyle for ET Patients by Mayo Clinic

March 25, 2011 4 comments

I tried searching for lifestyles and diets for patients with ET. I came upon the following recommendations by Mayo Clinic.

Take extra care to reduce your risk of developing blood clots if you have essential thrombocythemia. Healthy lifestyle habits can lower your risk of developing conditions that may contribute to blood clotting. These conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Take steps to:

  • Eat healthy foods. Choose a varied diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits and low in saturated fats. Try to avoid trans fats. Learn about portion control to maintain a normal weight.
  • Increase your physical activity. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. Take a brisk daily walk. Ride your bike. Swim laps. If you can’t fit in a long workout, break it up into smaller sessions spread throughout the day.
  • Achieve or maintain normal weight. Being overweight or obese increases the pressure in the veins in your pelvis and legs and is a risk factor for conditions such as high blood pressure, which increases your risk of blood clotting.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking affects blood clotting and circulation.

If your ET increases your tendency to bleed, take extra precautions to keep from injuring yourself. Follow these suggestions:

  • Avoid playing contact sports or engaging in other activities that could be dangerous or could cause you to fall.
  • Use a softer toothbrush and waxed floss.
  • Avoid shaving cuts. Shave with an electric razor.
  • Be cautious with household tasks involving knives, scissors and other sharp tools.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/thrombocythemia/DS01087/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies

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Platelets Behaving…

March 20, 2011 4 comments

Updates for Mar 2011. I was so relief to find out from my latest count to be at 402. I am off any medication for the past 6 months. I kept asking my haematologist if I am cured since it has not been elevated for the past 6 months. His answer is unfortunately No. This is a blood disorder that has no cure and its currently hovering at that level for me. I was told that some patients are receptive on the medication that they were put on and show no symptoms for few months or even a year. But the platelet counts may escalate again in the near future. I just have to be on constant watchout and get myself tests for platelet counts every 2-3 months. I do hope that this will maintain for years to come or never again escalated to an alarming level. Could a healthy lifestyle, diet and constant exercise could somehow be a good combination? Whether it is a contribution or not, its always better to live with a positive lifestyle and hope for the best that someday medical science will find a cure.

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