Hemophilia is a rare disorder when the blood doesn’t clot normally because it lacks sufficient blood-clotting proteins. Common signs and symptoms of hemophilia include: unexplained and excessive bleeding from cuts or injuries; deep bruises; unusual bleeding after caccinations; pain, swelling or tightness in your joints; bloody stool or urine and nosebleeding.
Changing the eating habits when you suffer from hemophilia is very important. Regardless of the types of hemphilia you suffer from- A, B, or C- the aim os to keep your joints healthy and strong, and to avoid bleeding in vulnerable joints.
In selecting a healthy eating diets, there are some foods you should eat and avoid if you have hemophilia.
Fruits and Vegetables
Dark, leafty greens and orange fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals. Fruits such as apples, bananas, applesauce, apricots and pears and vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli and bok choy are good choices for people with hemophilia.
Increase the intake of whole grains. Oats, barley, whole wheat, bran, brown rice and pasta are good in satiating your appetite, lowering your cholesterol and stabilizing your blood glucose levels. This may help reduce cravings for sweets and increase your energy levels.
Calcium- and Iron-rich Foods
Skimmed milk or low-fat cheeses or fat-free milk are good sources of vitamins and minerals as well as calcium, without the unnecessary fats. If you don’t drink milk, look for other sources of calcium, such as calcium-fortified soy milk and orange juice, calcium-fortified cereals, beans, iceberg lettuce, oranges, and almonds.
Iron-rich food include lean red meat, liver, seafood, beans, peas, poultry, leafty green vegetables, fortified cereals, dried fruits such as raisins and apricots. Iron is also rich in oranges and other citrus fruits, tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, brocolli, melons and strawberries.
Food and supplements to avoid
In general, you’ll want to avoid foods high in saturated fat and sugar. Fried foods, snacks, candy, and soda are not part of a healthy diet. It’s OK to indulge once in a while on a piece of birthday cake or a chocolate bar, but this shouldn’t be an everyday routine. In addition, limit your intake of the following:
.large glasses of juice
.soft drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened tea
.heavy gravies and sauces
.butter, shortening, or lard
.full-fat dairy products
.foods containing trans fats, including fried foods and baked goods (pastries, pizza, pie, cookies, and crackers)