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Living With Sickle Cell Disease

key information

source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

year: 2020

summary/abstract:

If you or your child has sickle cell disease (SCD), you should learn as much as you can about the disease. Your health care providers are there to help you, and you should feel comfortable asking questions.

Pursue a Healthy Lifestyle

Like all people, you or your child should strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes:

A nourishing diet
Enough sleep
Regular physical activity

People with SCD often tire easily, so be careful to pace yourself and to avoid very strenuous activities.

Don’t smoke and try to avoid second-hand smoke. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation and drink extra water to avoid dehydration.

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