For those seniors that balk at the idea of eating their broccoli and spinach, Coumadin would not bother you at all. For those seniors that love their greens, Coumadin can be their worst nightmare since introducing substantial amounts of Vitamin K-rich foods can drastically alter the ability of this drug used to regulate the liver production of the clotting proteins due to the vast production of Vitamin K. On the flipside for those folks that had always consumed their greens, a drastic decrease in Vitamin K-rich foods can make the blood too thin.
Seniors taking Coumadin need to balance their greens thus keep a balanced Vitamin K enriched diet. It is easy to maintain this diet by keeping a consistent amount of the veggies or other Vitamin K-rich foods in their diet or a low amount of these foods if the Coumadin seems to affect them to a higher degree.
By balancing a senior’s diet, the Coumadin and the liver are able to work in unison. Together they are able to balance the Vitamin K while allowing the proper doses of the drug to do its thing.
It is vital that this takes place as the liver is functionally liable for sifting the body of disease; cleaning the blood so that the system remains healthy. Seniors can live longer, more productive lives when their diet is correct and works with the medications that regulate their health.
As we continue to look into Coumadin this week, we as caregivers can see the necessity of the drug but will also be able to determine what we are able to contribute toward the health and welfare of those we are ultimately responsible for. The more we learn, the more we will realize that With Age Comes Respect!