I am wondering how to eat for my combination of blood conditions. My blood type is O+, which in general would imply there is difficulty getting the blood to clot. But I am also homozygous Factor V Leiden, also known as Leiden Factor 5, the name given to a variant of human factor V that causes a hypercoagulability disorder. The fact that at age 50, I have never experienced problems in either direction could be due to the 2 conditions offsetting each other. My question is: how do I adjust my eating, since the O-diet is geared towards helping the blood to clot. Do I cut out those foods (kale, etc) that help clotting? Any ideas?
My Dr & I only found out about 5 yrs ago when I underwent hip replacement surgery due to a hereditary, childhood condition. One of my 6 siblings had just found she was homozygous Facto V Leiden and suggested each of us get checked. I did immediately because of the clotting risks inherent to hip surgery. I was on cumadin about a month longer than normal for the procedure, but since then have done nothing further in regards to my condition. About a year ago I cut out all wheat and grains, all sugars and sweeteners, white potatoes and corn, increased my vegetable intake, and quite restricting my caloric intake. In 5 months I lost 85 pounds; it literally melted away! I happened across the BTD and then the GTD and found that I had basically followed what was right for my gatherer status. But what keeps catching me up is the part that talks about having thinner blood and eat these things to help with clotting. Okay, I have just cut off my train of typing because I realize that I have gone off the deep end and still have not answered your very simple and direct question: I am not under a physician's care for the blood condition, but (and I realize that this is one of those "DOH" moments) I will talk to him about it. Thank you for the response.
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Dr D reccomends that all blood types eat lots of vegetables, including leafy green vegetables. If you're very worried about clotting, take a look at the green veggies that are OK for both O's and A's. If it's not too "blood clotting" for A's, then it shouldn't be a problem in your situation either. If I recall correctly, there are a LOT of green veggies that A's and O's can both have.
Congrats on the weight loss! I only wish I could lose weight so easily, but my body has a lot of healing to do first.
Ruth, Single Mother to 21 yo O- Leah , 20 yo O- Hannah,and 14 yo B+ Jack
I took a quick look around the net, but nothing too deep.
Blood thinners such as warfarin work by affecting the mechanism of vitamin K, which is why when on those blood thinners K intake needs to be controlled.
I have seen nothing yet that indicates avoiding K or any specific foods when not using a blood thinner. It may still be something to consider. It is possible doctor will not have much useful to say.
It looks like the primary risks are increased chance of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. The risks appear to increase with age.
The homozygous variety carries the greater risk, by about 25-50 times what is considered normal for developing one or more of those episodes. They suggest blood thinners for surgery, or if one has had a prior episode.
Try to maintain ideal body weight for your sex and height.
Stay active and try to get regular exercise through such activities as walking, bicycling, or swimming.
Avoid prolonged periods of immobility. For example, stop the car, get out, and walk around every few hours during a long trip. On an airplane, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, walk the aisles, and avoid alcohol. Wearing elastic stockings with a moderate level of compression (15 to 20 mm Hg) may prevent DVT from developing on long flights.
If you have other chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or congestive heart failure, work with your doctors to try to keep these problems under good control.
Let your doctors know that you have factor V Leiden so that they can administer blood thinners or provide you with mechanical compression boots for your legs if you are hospitalized or need surgery.
I have an SNP in Factor 2, which puts me at risk for venous thrombosis, myocardial infartcion and stroke, so I am interested in this thread. According to my 23andme testing, my risk of venous thrombosis is 22%, by far the highest risk factor.