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Anyone have luck with a plant based diet? 8 months 3 days ago #70952

  • Chad89
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I was thinking about maybe switching to a mostly plant based diet. Has anyone found this to be beneficial with platelet counts?

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Anyone have luck with a plant based diet? 8 months 3 days ago #70954

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I wouldn't say it had had much effect on my counts but I feel my general well being has improved. Much less indigestion, better sleep, improved cooking skills.
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Anyone have luck with a plant based diet? 8 months 2 days ago #70976

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I haven't gone completely vegan, I still have some dairy, eggs, meat- I am about 90% plants, no fast food or processed food, mostly organic, almost no sugar. That change has helped my digestion/elimination, lost weight, more energy. I feel overall lighter and better mood, more hopeful, less sluggish and dragging. It has helped my other auto-immune disorders that cause fatigue, aches and joint pain- lupus/Sjogrens + inflammatory arthritis. I noticed a big difference when I got off wheat. In 24 hours my knee arthritis pain went away, my eczema cleared up, bloating after eating went away- overall less aches and pain without wheat and sugar. I'm on and off caffeine- I do better without it.

But whatever changes I've made in my diet, my platelet count has stayed the same. I would love to find a diet that would increase my platelets, I'm hopeful that I can find something. Plant based appeals to me for my own health and the health of the planet. If you haven't read the book, "Wish By Spirit" you might like it. It was written by Joan Young the founder of PDSA website. She healed her ITP with diet changes and alternative methods after many years of devastating medical treatments.
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Anyone have luck with a plant based diet? 7 months 3 weeks ago #71027

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Thank you all for the excellent feedback. Day 10 of eating Vegan and I must say it’s not bad.

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Anyone have luck with a plant based diet? 2 months 2 days ago #71821

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My platelets were in the 30's and I changed to a complete plant based diet 10 years ago and my platelets increased to 70's and have been stable at that level since then. My doctor believes that it must have been the reason as a plant based diet is an anti-inflammatory diet. 

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Anyone have luck with a plant based diet? 2 months 2 days ago #71823

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A plant based diet has made no difference to my counts 

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Anyone have luck with a plant based diet? 1 month 3 weeks ago #71840

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Haven't tried it and won't - although I do watch the sat fat.  I don't believe there is any sure "cure" to bring counts up.   Possibly your count went up to 70 and has been stable because it went up to 70 and stabilized on its own.  I'm happy for you that your count has stabilized!
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD

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Anyone have luck with a plant based diet? 1 month 3 weeks ago #71841

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I've been vegetarian for years and still managed to get ITP. I do eat a bit of cheese though but can't imagine it's the cheese to blame.

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