Fighting fatigue in MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome)

Fighting fatigue in MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome)

Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), sometimes referred to as bone marrow failure disorder, is a condition in which the bone marrow is unable to produce enough of the different types of blood cells, including red cells, white cells, and platelets.

If you or a loved one is affected by MDS, you know that symptoms, like anemia, infection, and bleeding, can affect many facets of life and that fatigue is often an ever present companion. Fatigue in MDS is associated with reduced quality of life and is therefore an important symptom to address. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial that could help with your anemia and fatigue, find out more about it here.

Studies show the importance of nutrition and regular activity in helping boost energy levels and that’s why, in the first of this three-part series, we’ll go through the process of building a nutritious and delicious bowl. It's perfect for lunch or dinner, and we will highlight the importance of key nutrients that help you feel energized. Remember, it is always best to consult your physician about the best methods for improving your fatigue, and whenever you begin a new diet or exercise regimen.


Start your bowl with a high fiber, slow-burning carbohydrate like brown rice. It will give you sustained energy without the crash that white rice or plain pasta can give you. Save your energy by using microwaveable brown rice packets.








 Next, add in chopped chicken. Meat and eggs are the body's main source of vitamin B12, which is essential for the production of red blood cells.










Try cooking a large batch of chicken when you are feeling the least fatigue and use it throughout the week. Throw in your favorite vegetables next. Be sure to make dark, leafy greens one of your choices - they are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and folate. These vitamins play roles in your immune system, the clotting of your blood, and your energy levels.



Finally, add a healthy fat, like 1/4 of an avocado. The unsaturated fats found in avocados are heart-healthy and are the longest burning source of energy you can give your body! The balance of carbs, fats, and protein will keep you full and energized.


In addition to considering the importance of adding key nutrients and of balancing proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, it is also important to consider what to limit: highly processed foods, like packaged baked goods or snacks, and sugar are foes in your fight against fatigue! The good news is that avoiding highly processed foods is often also the first step in reducing sugar consumption.

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