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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Sickle Cell Disease

 

Healthy Lifestyle Changes

In spite of not being a cure for Sickle Cell Anemia, lifestyle changes play an irreplaceable role in your overall wellness and treatment of the condition. This helps to reduce how severe and frequent you experience sickle cell crisis.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Before I mention what makes what you eat balanced, let’s not forget adding Folic Acid Supplements. Healthy foods are perfect for overall health. They assist your body to combat infections. Folic acid enhances the making of red blood cells which reduces the impact of anemia. As a SCD patient, you need a higher amount of macro and micronutrients unlike the general population. Take it in form of a balanced diet alongside a healthy serving. Also include 35% energy intake via plant-based protein as prescribed by your doctor.

Drink a Lot of Water

If your body consists of low levels of fluid, your blood cells may clump together much easily and cause a sickle cell crisis. To avoid such a problem, drink at least 7 to 8 full glasses of water every day especially in hot weather.

Sufficient water helps to improve your health significantly. Avoid leaving your body dehydrated because that only heightens your risk of a sickle cell crisis. Besides drinking plenty of water, I take soups, herbal teas, homemade veggies and fruit juices. The list also includes broths and coconut water.

Avoid Excessive Exercise

Engaging in physical activity including exercise is great for health. However, strenuous activity is harmful to SCD patients because it can lower the amount of oxygen that helps body organs to function (shortness of breath). This can also make your risk of a sickle cell crisis much higher.

Remember to discuss with your doctor about the kind of exercise that is safe and works for you. Doctors mostly recommend low-to-moderate intensity exercise alongside hydrating, hydrating, hydrating!

Get Lots of Rest

Whether sick or not, everyone needs ample time to rest and recover. Rest improves your health and your body’s ability to combat infections and most notably in SCD patients.

In case of a sickle cell crisis, know when to call a doctor and the symptoms that can warrant such medical care. For example, if you experience a fever of up to 101°F (38.5°C) or higher, call a doctor.

Avoid Physical and Emotional Stress

Being physically and emotionally stressed is likely to trigger a sickle cell crisis. So, endeavor to avoid stress at all costs. Relaxation skills are also helpful.

Consider a Support Group

Having a long term ailment can be quite stressful. But with support groups, you can get significant help in the form of learning coping skills from people with sickle cell disease.

Avoid All That Worsens the Condition or Causes Infection

Examples of a harmful lifestyle that can aggravate your condition or crisis or lead to infection include consuming:

  • ·        Cocaine
  • .        Tobacco
  • ·        Methamphetamines
  • ·        Alcohol

Examples of Possible Infections Include:

Being infected by Salmonella, which is bacteria that can cause illness. To lower the risk, practice the following:

·        Don’t keep snakes, turtles or lizards as pets

·        Cook chicken and eggs thoroughly before eating

Bottom line

As a person with sickle cell disease working hard to improve your health, always remember that your health depends on your lifestyle and closeness to your healthcare provider.

I hope you’ve learned from this post. Please read other suzzymuketips for more life-changing articles to help you live a much healthier life.

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