Good nutrition can help to prevent clots when you have an MPD.
Dr Maria L. Collazo-Clavell of the Mayo Clinic MD (Medical Doctor) contributed these nutrition tips for people with MPDs. Dr Collazo-Clavell is an endocrinologist with the Mayo Clinic.
We all need good nutrition to keep our health at its best – food is our body’s basic fuel. “Our food choices can improve our health or increase our health risks,” says Dr Collazo-Clavell.
It’s true that changing what we eat won’t reduce our platelet or red cell counts. But eating right is essential for several reasons:
There are two kinds of clots that concern us as MPD patients. As MPD patients we want to reduce the risk of both kinds of clots.
Some diseases that are often associated with growing older have nothing to do with MPDs – except that they compound the risks we face as people with MPDs. Good nutrition goes a long way toward preventing common diseases that increase our risk of clots, including:
These disorders prevent blood from reaching vital organs, and add to the “blood stickiness” problems that we have as people with MPDs. The good news is that these problems – unlike MPDs – are preventable. For detailed information on good nutrition and how to maintain a healthy weight, please visit the NHS Health Living page (UK) or the Mayo Clinic (US).
The first step in any nutrition programme is always to have a frank talk with your GP or primary care doctor. Your doctor can give you tips to help build the right nutrition plan for your personal situation. Most adults benefit by following these tips:
If you have myelofibrosis or another MPD and are losing weight, or if you are undergoing active chemotherapy treatment, you may need to eat more food to sustain your weight. Please talk with your care team if this is your situation.
Whatever positive change you are able to make is to your benefit.