One of the most important self-management things we can do with MPN is to look after our cardiovascular health, to reduce risk of blood clots. Eating a diet rich in high fibre plant foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains), and including moderate amounts of lean proteins, low fat dairy and heart-healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and seeds protects our heart health. This link to The University of Sydney’s Heart Research Institute contains free downloadable information on nutrition, recipes and lifestyle tips for heart health.
Download Living Well “Healthy Hearts” document (PDF 7615kb)
Managing Your Overall Health with an MPN
Accredited Practising Dietitian Nathalie Cook gave the following presentation on “Managing Your Overall Health with MPN” at the 2016 Leukaemia Foundation Blood Cancer Conference in Melbourne. Nathalie is also a member of the MPN AA team, and has experience with MPN as she was diagnosed with polycythaemia vera in 2010.
Download Managing Your Overall Health with an MPN (PDF 17169kb)
Nathalie Cook has also written about the importance of maintaining muscle strength with an MPN: ‘Keeping muscles strong through healthy eating and physical activity to stay well with MPN’.