Food plays a big role in our health. For example, certain foods can cause us to gain weight or develop high cholesterol. However, what we drink can have just as much of an effect.
According to nutritionist Rory Batt, from meal prep company Marvin’s Den, sugary drinks can be one of the culprits in blood clots because they affect cholesterol levels.
Blot clots are small clumps of blood that have turned into a gel-like substance.
Although they are necessary to prevent excessive bleeding when a cut occurs, those that do not dissolve naturally can be dangerous.
If they travel to organs such as the lungs or heart, this is a serious concern.
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Mr Batt explained how sugar can increase the risk of blood clots: “Sugary foods are also involved in multiple pathways leading to atherosclerosis. Similar to fats.
“Sugar not only increases low-density lipoprotein (‘bad’) cholesterol, but it also causes oxidative stress and inflammation, which causes low-density lipoprotein to form oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL). atherosclerosis) as well.
“As in lipids, inflammation drives processes such as platelet aggregation to form blood clots.
“Platelet aggregation is one of the contributing factors to atherosclerosis, which leads to blockages and blood clots.”
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The American Heart Association reported that a study found a link between cholesterol and venous thromboembolism (VTE), 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,” it says.
“It’s now suspected to contribute to venous thromboembolism, new research suggests.”
Symptoms of blood clots include:
- Throbbing or throbbing pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in a leg or arm
- Sudden shortness of breath, sharp chest pain (which may be worse when you breathe in) and coughing up or coughing up blood.
There are two types of VTE, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).
“Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg. DVT sometimes affects the arm or other veins,” says the American Heart Association.
“A pulmonary embolism occurs when a DVT clot breaks free from a vein wall and travels to the lungs, partially or completely blocking the blood supply.
“Clots in the thigh are more likely to break off and travel to the lungs than clots in the lower leg or other parts of the body.”