I need to know about diets on Coumadin, Like what not to eat, but I also am a diabetic. Can you help me with what to do?
Dr. Gourmet Says...
The first step is for you to speak with your physician about the the number of calories you should be eating each day. Many physicians have dieticians available to their patients. Diabetics need to follow a diet based on a strict number of calories each day. Sometimes the amount of calories is to help with weight loss as well as controlling blood sugar.
At the same time it's extremely important for diabetics to eat a balanced diet. One key to this is consuming three regularly scheduled meals each day. Often doctors will recommend that their diabetic patients have a small bedtime snack as part of their diet as well. The plans found in the eatTHISdiet section on the Dr. Gourmet website are based on recommendations of the American Diabetic Association and American Heart Association. Using the eatTHISdiet plan with the number of calories recommended by your doctor or dietician is an option.
A lot of the foods that are good for you are also higher in Vitamin K. One approach to healthy eating for patients on Coumadin® (warfarin) is to eat foods that have a similar amount of Vitamin K each day. For example, one day you could eat spinach and the next day broccoli. Then you could have a salad made with lettuce or cabbage as a side dish. By eating a consistent amount of such foods each day the intake of Vitamin K is likely to be more stable.
Another approach is to eliminate foods that are high in Vitamin K from the diet altogether This is an easier approach but you have to make sure to feed your husband other vegetables. There are a LOT of veggies that don't have very much Vitamin K in them.
You can find an eatTHISdiet plan - Coumadin Users Diet on the website. This plan is based on guidelines by the American Diabetic Association and the American Heart Association and should be appropriate for your husband to help him control his diabetes. Every recipe has information about whether the dish might be an issue for those taking warfarin.
There are also food lists on the site to help guide you. They range from very basic information about Vitamin K content to very detailed. Here are the links:
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!
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How Much Vitamin K is in....?
There's an easy way to find out about the nutrition content of any food. Just use The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan Software.
Just register to use the software, then click the Recipe Box tab. The ingredient database includes over 7,000 ingredients and will show you the nutritional information for those ingredients - including Vitamin K. Use the Food Diary section to help you track your daily Vitamin K intake along with calories and other nutrients. Try it now!