All too often, people use the word diet when they talk about losing weight. Really, your diet just means the foods you eat. So, when people say they are "going on a diet", it usually just means they plan to eat healthier. But it's better to have a healthy diet all of the time.
Diets for People with Hemophilia and Inhibitors
There are no special diets designed for people with hemophilia. But, maintaining a healthy weight and eating good foods are very important.
Being overweight doesn't just increase the risks of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes — it also puts a great deal of extra pressure on the joints.
Managing Weight and Eating Healthy
Eating right and keeping your body moving with some fun exercises can help you manage your weight.3
All people should eat a healthy diet. A typical healthy diet contains3,26:
- At least 5 portions of a variety of fruits and vegetables each day
- Moderate amounts of protein-rich foods such as lean meat, fish, eggs, and nuts
- Moderate amounts of milk and dairy — choose reduced-fat versions or eat smaller amounts of full-fat versions or eat them less often
- Less saturated fat, salt, and sugar
- Plenty of starchy foods such as rice, bread, pasta, and potatoes (choose whole grain varieties when possible)
Ask your doctor or hemophilia care team if they have a nutritionist or staff member who can help you make sure you are getting the most out of your diet.