In the UK, venous thrombosis is a common condition, affecting approximately one in 1,000 people each year. More than half of the world’s blood clots occur within 90 days of being discharged from the hospital, but some cases are associated with poor lifestyle choices. The same foods that cause vein disease can also greatly increase the chance of deep vein thrombosis. According to one expert, two dietary sources may be worse than the other.
According to the North American Thrombosis Forum, there are many different theories about the relationship between inflammation, food, and thrombotic events.
Some medical journals such as the British Journal of Haematology state that “inflammation initiates blood clotting”.
In particular, inflammatory cytokines may be key mediators of blood clotting that reduce the activity of natural anticoagulant mechanisms.
Dr. Ariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy, told the North American Thrombosis Forum, “Inflammation is a complication and there are many pathways that matter.
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“I think a lot of this is still in what I would call ‘new research’. There is not much that is final.
“We know that poor nutrition in general causes metabolic dysfunction, in particular insulin resistance, and ultimately obesity.
“These are the main pathways for active inflammation. Similarly, a good diet can reduce metabolic risk and lead to desperate weight loss, which can greatly reduce inflammation.”
According to Dr. Mozaffarian, the main foods to avoid are foods rich in starch, sugar, and salt.
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According to Dr. Mozaffarian, the North American Thrombosis Forum states that “the worst foods you can eat” are sodas and candy.
The expert explained: “There is no point in drinking soda.
“If people are craving something sweet, eat some ice or dark chocolate, honey-coated nuts, fruit, or any food that has some nutritional value.”
Carbonated drinks contain a large amount of sugar, which causes disturbances in the blood clotting process.
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High glucose not only leads to increased stimulation, leading to clots, but also interferes with the ability of clots to dissolve.
Candy, on the other hand, is one of the same foods that promotes excess plaque buildup in blood vessels.
When plaques become brittle or inflamed, they can rupture and cause a blood clot.
How to avoid blood clots
Some of the best inflammation-fighting foods are the Mediterranean diet, which mimics the natural diet of people living along the Mediterranean Sea.
It emphasizes fiber-rich plant foods and consists mainly of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.
Fats in the diet are also from healthy sources such as olive and canola oil, which do not contribute to clogged arteries.
In the Mediterranean diet, red meat is consumed no more than a few times a month, and fish and poultry are consumed at least twice a week.
“The diet also encourages exercise and moderate red wine consumption,” adds the North American Thrombosis Forum.