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Foods That Make Your Blood Thicker
Polycythemia: Some people have this because of genetics. ...Read more
Need tests: Physical appearance may have some validity to a trained, but real thing is lab analysis, wait for results before you worry. ...Read more
Polycythemia: The roots of the word mean many cells in the blood. ...Read more
Just water: Ice is just water and unless you are talking about gallons every day, it has no real effect on blood viscosity. If you crave ice, though, it can be a sign of iron deficiency anemia so I would relay the fact you eat a lot of ice to your doctor next time you are in for an exam. Anemia is very common in teen girls because periods have started and they tend not to get enough iron to replace that blood ...Read more
Cells & protein: Blood may become too thick if there too many cells or too much protein. Increased red cell count, polycythemia, can make the blood viscous. High levels of immunogolobulins, usually due to cancer, also increse viscosity. Rarely leukemia with a very high white cell count may make the blood thick. ...Read more
Depends: Most of the time, "thick blood" refers to someone that makes too many red blood cells. This is known as polycythemia. If it occurs because of bone marrow malfunction, it can be serious and lead to strokes and heart attacks. It is often treated with phlebotomy ("blood-letting") but sometimes needs mild forms of chemotherapy. If by "thick blood" you meaning forming blood clots, that needs more veal. ...Read more
Yes.: "thick blood" might mean blood with too many red cells (called polycythemia). This can be detected by a complete blood count (CBC) test. Some people say "thick blood" when they mean someone who's blood clots excessively (thrombophilia). That is defined by a history of abnormal blood clotting, and may or may not be explained by blood tests. ...Read more
Menses: You didn't say how old you were, or if this has always been a problem, if you have had any infections. It is possible it is not a blood problem but a problem of cervical stenosis or other anatomical problems. You need to go see a GYN for an evaluation. ...Read more
Neither thick/thin: The term "blood thinner" is really not a medical term, and makes people think that blood gets "thinned out" when you take these medications, so it must be "thick" without them. Some people have too many clotting factors in their blood (which doesn't make it thick, just more likely to clot) and anticoagulants make that less likely to happen. Methamphetamine causes MANY other problems. Get help now ...Read more
You need info: Many conditions are called "thick blood"; but it is not a medical term. If you find out exactly what they mean by that, we may be able to give you a more helpful answer. ...Read more
Currently on men. Cycle. After using the restroom there was thick clear mucus hanging (with blood of course) should I be worried?
Menstral cycle: This sounds like a normal process. Mucus mixed with blood during menstration. If bleeding persist I would see a OB for a thorough pelvic examination. ...Read more
Told by GI that my blood is "thick" but he never said Polythemia. Is this a worry at 24? I was 280lbs when blood was tested but now at 180lbs.
Get clarified: You have a right to an explanation. "Thick blood" is not a real medical term in any case. Do you have some evidence of hypercoagulability? ...Read more
Heavy thick discharge with lots of blood in it for 3 weeks. Tests haven't shown anything and it's never happened before. Why is this happening?
Unclear: Sometimes we don't get the answers - if tests are all normal it may just be a strange cycle. ...Read more
My son is a senior in highschool and went to give blood but they had to stop because they said his blood was too thick, what is the cause of this and?
Several potential: The test could be wrong, he could be dehydrated, or he could have a condition where he makes extra blood cells. Simply repeating the test with a vein draw would be the first step toward sorting this out. The finger stick tests that are done at these events are more prone to errors than a vein draw. ...Read more
Thrombosis panel: There are blood tests to determine if someone has a likelihood of developing blood clots (thick blood). Your doctor can order these tests or refer you to a hematologist. ...Read more
Keep the salt low: Most doctors recommend a low salt diet - some would also suggest making sure you also get enough calcium. No food group actually lowers your blood pressure, but low salt and low fat (because you want to avoid other risk factors such as elevated cholesterol) and moderation in alcohol is the best course. ...Read more
Meats, dark veggies: I assume you are asking which foods help increase your blood production. The main dietary item needed for good blood production is iron. Good sources of iron are meats (red meats are better for this, worse for cholesterol), and dark green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, greens. Citrus juice with these items at meals helps absorption of the iron. Dairy products decrease absorption of the iron ...Read more
One diet specifically created to lower blood pressure is the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. In research studies, people who were on the DASH diet had lowered their blood pressure within 2 weeks.
The DASH diet emphasis vegetables, fruits, low fat diet. It has moderate amounts of nuts, fish, poulty, and whole grains. It is low is salt, sugar, red meat, and trans fats. ...Read more
My blood is super thin. When I get the smallest scrape, it bleeds like crazy! What foods naturally thicken my blood, & are there foods I should avoid?
Get a consultation: Coagulation is a very complex process. There are numerous causes of bleeding. You need to see a hematologist for an evaluation. ...Read more
Find out why first!: Best treatment for thick blood (polycythemia) depends upon cause. Is it polycythemia vera? Or is it due to smoking? Or perhaps excessive anabolic steroids? As a temporizing measure, your family physician can arrange for therapeutic phlebotomy whereby your excess blood is drawn off & thrown away. But for the long term, it's better to uncover the cause as that will then direct treatment. ...Read more