Expert Advice on Aging With Hemophilia  

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As you age, it’s likely you’ll find yourself facing several health concerns, some which are even more probable if you have hemophilia. Some of these are quite difficult to prevent, but with a little extra care, you can reduce your risk. Here are some tips from Living With Hemophilia to help you look after yourself (and stay as healthy as possible) as you get older.

Stay active
Regularly go to the gym if you can. Choose weight-bearing exercises to help keep your bones healthy. But only do so if your joints will allow it. If you’re not sure what movements would be best for you try, talk to a doctor or a personal trainer.

Blood pressure
Test your blood pressure on a regular basis. You can do it at home, a local pharmacy or a clinic. It should be around the higher register of 140/90 mmHg.

Control your cholesterol
It’s very easy to have high cholesterol. It’s a good idea to talk to a doctor about what you can do to lower your cholesterol or maintain it as is. You should always try to keep your total cholesterol/HDL ratio eight or lower.

MORE: 10 tips for a ‘common sense approach’ to life with a chronic illness

Margarida graduated with a BS in Health Sciences from the University of Lisbon and a MSc in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST-UL). She worked as a molecular biologist research associate at a Cambridge UK-based biotech company that discovers and develops therapeutic, fully human monoclonal antibodies.
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Margarida graduated with a BS in Health Sciences from the University of Lisbon and a MSc in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST-UL). She worked as a molecular biologist research associate at a Cambridge UK-based biotech company that discovers and develops therapeutic, fully human monoclonal antibodies.
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