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Sickle cell disease – Tips for healthy living

key information

source: National heart, lung and blood institute

year: 2018

summary/abstract:

If you have sickle cell disease, you can live a full life and enjoy the things that most other people do. These tips will help you stay as healthy as possible.

 

Checklist

Good Health Care

·         Work closely with your doctor to develop your own unique care plan.

·         Build relationships with a hematologist and a team of other specialists so they are available for you when needed.

 

Healthy Lifestyle

·         Stay active

·         Drink 8–10 glasses of water daily.

·         Follow a heart-healthy eating plan that includes limiting alcohol.

·         Aim for 7–8 hours of sleep a night.

 

Prevent Infections

·         Children under 5 years old should take penicillin regularly.

·         Adults and children should get scheduled vaccines, including flu shots.

·         Wash hands often.

 

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