Living Healthy with a Bleeding Disorder
It's possible to be living with a bleeding disorder and have a healthy lifestyle, too. The truth is, keeping healthy with regular checkups, following your doctor’s treatment directions, watching your weight, and physical fitness could make a big difference in the types of activities you could do.
A little precaution here and there makes sense. That's why you have options for playing it safe—things like wearing a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads help in preventing activity-related bleeds.1
When choosing an activity or exercise, you may want to take into consideration your history of bleeds, general body build, and the condition of your joints. Your physician or physical therapist can help develop an exercise regimen that's best for you.2
Not all activities are appropriate for all people. Be sure to consult your physician or treatment center before beginning any exercise program or participating in sporting activities. If an injury occurs, contact your physician or treatment center for the appropriate treatment.
Get a ✔+ in Checkups
Following your doctor's directions and having regular checkups is an excellent way to keep your health in check. Regular visits to your HTC can help you make sure you're doing all right.3 In fact, people who get care at HTCs are less likely to have bleeds and hospitalizations than those who get care somewhere else.1
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Focus on Fitness
Obesity rates among people with bleeding disorders may be higher than average.4 By keeping up regular exercise and healthy meals, your muscles get stronger and your weight is lower. And that means less stress on joints.
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Word of Mouth
Regular dental checkups can help anyone with a bleeding disorder since healthy teeth and gums could lead to fewer mouth bleeds.3 Mouth bleeds can be more common for people who slack on their dental hygiene. So the trick is to visit the dentist regularly and keep those pearly whites pearly nice.3
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Sports and Activities with a Bleeding Disorder
You don't have to avoid sports and activities to prevent bleeds. By staying healthy with eating right, exercise, and regular checkups, it's possible to pursue many of the things you want out of life.
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- Living With Hemophilia. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute web site. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hemophilia/livingwith. Accessed January 26, 2017.
- Exercise and Activity Options. Steps for Living website. https://stepsforliving.hemophilia.org/step-out/wellness-and-prevention/exercise-and-activity-options. Accessed May 24, 2017.
- Staying Healthy. All About Hemophilia: A Guide For Families. Canadian Hemophilia Society website. http://www.hemophilia.ca/files/Chapter%2011.pdf. Accessed January 26, 2017.
- Frase MJ. Staying Fit with Hemophilia. HemAware website. https://hemaware.org/mind-body/staying-fit-hemophilia. Accessed May 15, 2018.