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What Foods Should Sickle Cell Patients Eat
Diet for sickle cell: To maintain good health, sickle cell patients should eat lean protein, fruits & vegetables, & whole grains. Dairy products can be hard for african-americans to tolerate since they may not have the enzyme needed to digest lactose. They should stay well hydrated, and avoid drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol since these make you urinate out more than you take in. Avoid fatty foods! never smoke! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is a genetic disorder in which hemoglobin is abnormally made., more common in people of african descent. This abnormality causes red blood cells to become stiff and fall apart. This can cause very specific symptoms: pain, pneumonias, strokes, spleen problems, and many other problems. Some have mild disease, some ...Read more
How can a patient as well as their family and friends be helped with coping with sickle cell anemia?
Start with the doc: Good question! if you are fortunate to have a comprehensive sickle cell program or organization, in your area, a phone call or visit to an event can help establish a connection. Some programs have dedicated social workers who work with family and friends to help with psychological and social aspects of the disease. If "coping" means specific problems, start with the hematologist and his staff. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sickle cell, wt gain: This is a tough question. With increase of metabolic rate due to the body trying to replace RBC's that's life span is 20 days instead of 120 days, increase of calories is important. Hydration is very important to avoid crisis episodes. New therapy with Hydroxyurea is showing promise in the area of weight gain. A diet high in Omega N3 fatty acid is important as is avoiding excess iron. ...Read more
HU in sickle cell: Certain patients with sickle cell can be helped by Hydroxyurea (hu). Initially, Hydroxyurea was thought to increase fetal hemoglobin levels (not carrying the sickle cell mutation), but more recently, hu has been shown to decrease high white blood cell counts which can lead to vaso-occlusive crises. Talk with your hematologist to see if hu is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The bad cells: In simplest terms, the sickle ("bad") cells need to be removed because they get "trapped" in the liver where they are disposed of. These cells don't live as long as normal red blood cells, so the liver is working over time. ...Read more
I'm a sickle cell patient and over the past few years I've lost a considerable amount of weight. How can i get it back or gain some at least?
Is it your diet?: Do you take pain medications that may cause nausea or constipation leading to decreased appetite and/or decreased food intake? How about hydroxyurea (which you almost certainly should be on) ? That can sometimes cause nausea. Accutane is also known to cause weight loss. Ask your doctor help dive into medication-related causes of decreased appetite, if you think that is a possibility. ...Read more
Not all patients....: With sickle cell disease are lean, but most are. There are several reasons, and many things we don't know. First, the half life of sickle red cells is much shorter than for normal rbcs. Thus pts must make red cells much more often, which requires energy. Also, caloric intake for sickle cell pts is less than required at quiescence and falls during crises and hospitalization. Many other factors 2. ...Read more
No: For that purpose only without anything else the answer would be no. ...Read more
No: No. Iron therapy is not recommended in sickle cell disease unless the patient is also iron deficient. Most people with sickle cell disease absorb iron very efficiently (better than people with a normal hemoglobin), and blood transfusions can further increase the iron levels. Many of the patients actually need to take medications to decrease their iron levels. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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