I have my blood drawn for tests every few months. Some times it looks normal, other times it is so thick it clots quickly and clogs the line. Why is this?
One reason could be hydration. Be sure you are well hydrated by drinking 64oz fluids daily. Before blood tests you are usually allowed to drink water so be sure you drink several glasses prior to having your blood drawn. Most people walk around in a state of dehydration. Water is best to drink, but juices can help you get your recommended amount of fluid intake. Coffee and tea are not good sources for fluid replacement however, because they are mild diuretics and pull more water out of the system than they replace. If you cant drink water because of taste, try adding lemon or lime or even a bit of fruit to the water to make it easier to drink. Even adding Chystal Light or something like to water is better than not drinking water. You might also ask your Dr about tests to be sure you dont have too many platelets or something that could otherwise cause your blood to thicken.
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