Leaning up w/ hemophilia

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    Okay, so I have hemophilia. It's rather severe (my factor level is 3) so it presents a whole host of issues for exercise. I've kept myself is pretty good shape but I was hoping to lose ~10-15 pounds of fat and try and put on that much in muscle mass. The problem is that my doctors say that weight training is pretty much completely off limits. I'm pretty much limited to things like swimming and things that will keep my joint bleeding to a minimum. Spontaneous bleeding is par for the course with hemophilia at my level and so adding any extra damage to deteriorating joints is something that I need to avoid if I intend on still walking unassisted by the age of 30.

    I have a good diet, sort of, I eat totally organic and don't drink soda or anything too bad and I'm going to start trying to eat 3 meals a day and have a more balanced diet by introducing fruits into the mix.

    Another point of mention, I can do things like pushups, etc, but no extra weight and nothing that puts a strain on my joints particularly my knees where I already have moderate levels of arthritis.

    I'm not looking to get ripped or be a bodybuilder, I'm just looking to just take a bit of the fat off and maybe get a bit more muscle mass. My stats are:
    6'
    165 lbs
    17% BF (I think)

    I don't know why but I have a very efficient body. I wouldn't say my metabolism is fast or slow, just efficient. I can eat tons of food every day over the course of a month and gain very little weight but, at the same time, if I were to eat very little I wouldn't lose all that much weight.
     
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    I think the ones that don't involve weights. I've done the pressing your palms together one but never tried the other ones but things like holding weights can put torque on joints like my elbows.
     
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    I have, and I was given pretty generic, no contact sports, nothing that strains your joints, you can swim, bike, play golf, etc.
     
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    didn't you swim before? of the above, that's your best bet imo.
     
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    Go see a doctor who specializes in hemophilia and explain to him you're looking to lead a healthier lifestyle and lift weights.

    Nobody here is a doctor and if your problem is BLEEDING JOINTS I wouldn't take advice from anyone. All I can suggest is to see a specialist. Also see if there are some steroids that can help. IIRC deca helps lubricate joints. Always consult the specialist first.
     
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    bleeding joints damn yo GL
     
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    you can get cut as fuck while swimming
    swimming, pullups, pushups, dips....you can cut fat and build some muscle with those activities while only using your body weight
     
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    My av is so small you can't see it!
    Holy fucking shit i will feel terrible whenever i complain bout my joints again
     
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    lol :word:
    i bitch about my knees all day long.
    i guess i have it pretty easy
     
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    :rofl: It's been particularly bad lately which is why I've been thinking about swimming because I usually walk a few miles every day but I haven't even been able to take a flight of stairs in a week because of the joint pain.:hs:
     
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    are resistance band based exercises like bowflex or band lifts ok?
     
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    The problem isn't necessarily the weights, it's the strain the added weight puts on the joints. I'm fairly certain that resistence training also causes that sort of strain. That strain causes microcapillaries to burst which, happens all the time inside the body just due to normal wear and tear, but does not cause problems for a normal person because there is essentially no bleeding. For me, however, the bleeding is much more significant and, the bleeding into the joints wears them away. I can't avoid the bleeding that just happens day to day but keeping any extra bleeding at a minimum is the goal. It's not like the bleeding is life threatening or anything like that.

    For example, say you give yourself a little nick shaving and it will bleed for a few minutes. For me, it'll take 6 hours to stop. Now, imagine that bleeding in your knees.
     
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    Also, to give you an idea of the sort of things I can't do, I'm not allowed to kneel or squat.
     
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    so you can swim and bike? i guess i'd choose to swim since that seems very low-impact on joints..
     
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    There is but it's really only used for trauma. Prophylactic treatment is reserved for people with levels under 1 and it's in the many hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and requires a shunt.
     
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