WORLD Haemophilia Day is commemorated on 17 April.

Haemophilia is a rare disor­der when your blood does not clot effectively due to a lack of blood  clotting  proteins.  When you have haemophilia, you would for example bleed for longer  after  an  injury.

People with haemophilia don’t need a special diet but they need to eat well and maintain a healthy weight The goal is to keep your joints healthy and strong and to keep extra weight off in order to avoid bleeding  in  vulnerable  joints and muscles. Excessive weight puts strain on your joints and al so increases the amount of re­ placement therapy needed to prevent or treat a bleed.

The internal bleeding can damage your tissues and organs which can be li.f:e-threatening.

Gert Coetzee, pharmacist and diet pioneer who founded The DietEveryone TalksAbout, says thatit’simportant totake charge of your health if you have hae­ mophilia.

* Increase  your  intake  of

whole grains. Oats, brown rice, wholewheat bread, cereal and pasta are good options and they


will also help you stabiliseyour blood glucose levels.

* Eat foods rich in iron. Peo­

ple with bleeding disorders need

to maintain normal blood cell production and blood volume.

The body usesiron to produce red blood cells which carry oxy­ gen to your muscles. Iron is lost when  you  bleed  so  iron  rich foods may help you recover fast­ er ifyouhave ableeding episode. It’s important to note that a healthy diet is not the only thing that will help you treat haemo­ philia.You need to speak to your doctor about the condition and

follow specialised treatments.