Food plays a huge role in our health. Certain foods can make us more likely to gain weight or develop high cholesterol, for example. However, what we drink can have just as much of an impact.
According to nutritionist Rory Batt of meal prep company Marvin’s Den, sugary drinks could be one of the culprits when it comes to blood clots due to their effect on cholesterol levels.
Transfer clots are small clumps of blood that have formed into a gel-like substance.
Although they are necessary to help prevent excessive bleeding when you cut yourself, those that do not dissolve naturally can be dangerous.
And if they move to organs such as the lungs or the heart, that is very concerning.
READ MORE: Rhinorrhea is the ‘top’ symptom of double-bite Covid – seen in 83% of cases
Mr Batt explained how sugar can increase the risk of blood clots: “Sugar foods are also implicated in multiple pathways that lead to atherosclerosis. Similar to fats.
“Sugar not only raises low-density (“bad”) lipoprotein cholesterol, but it also causes a lot of oxidative stress and inflammation, which causes low-density lipoproteins to form oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL , which can increase your risk of atherosclerosis) as well.
“As with fats, inflammation drives processes such as platelet aggregation, which is how blood clots form.
“Platelet clumping is one of the factors involved in atherosclerosis, and it’s what leads to blockage and blood clots.”
DO NOT MISS
And the American Heart Association reported how a study found a link between cholesterol and venous thromboembolism (VTE), which occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein.
“LDL cholesterol – the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol – is known to narrow arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes,” the report states.
“It is also now suspected of contributing to venous thromboembolism, according to new research.”
Symptoms of a blood clot include:
- Shooting or cramping pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in a leg or arm
- Sudden shortness of breath, sharp chest pain (may be worse when inhaling) and coughing or coughing up blood.
There are two types of VTE, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).
“Deep vein thrombosis is a clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg. DVT sometimes affects the arm or other veins,” explains the American Heart Association.
“A pulmonary embolism occurs when a DVT clot breaks off from a vein wall, travels to the lungs, and then blocks all or part of the blood supply.
“Blood clots from the thigh are more likely to break off and travel to the lungs than blood clots in the lower leg or other parts of the body.”
#Avoid #types #drinks #reduce #risk #blood #clots #nutritionist