Nutrition and Diet for People with Bleeding Disorders
While no special diet is recommended for people with bleeding disorders, the basic concepts of good eating still apply. If you or a loved one has a bleeding disorder, choose a diet that includes variety from each of the food groups (see MyPlate). The USDA recommends eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and low in solid fats, added sugars, and salt (sodium).1,2 Balancing food intake with physical activity helps in the maintenance of an optimal body weight.
Bleeding Disorder Diet And Exercise Recommendations
Proper nutrition, combined with a safe and effective sports and exercise plan, is especially important to combat an increase in the number of overweight people with bleeding disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control, teens and children with bleeding disorders are almost twice as likely to be overweight as the same age group in the general population, which is also experiencing an obesity epidemic.3 By choosing a healthy diet and getting the proper exercise, people with bleeding disorders can help improve their physical health and well-being.2
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. United States Department of Health & Human Services website. http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf. Accessed January 26, 2017.
- Preventing Hemophilic Joint Disease with Activity and Nutrition. UC San Diego Health System website. http://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/hemophilia/education/Pages/joint.aspx. Accessed January 26, 2017.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Report on the Universal Data Collection Program. 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/blooddisorders/udc/. Accessed January 26, 2017.