Follow A Healthy Diet
One of the best things a patient can do to treat intermittent claudication is to follow a healthy diet. Obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, which are all impacted by diet, are all risk factors for intermittent claudication. Patients can lower their cholesterol, and reap other benefits, by avoiding excess saturated fat and avoiding trans fat entirely. In addition, individuals should make sure to consume plenty of whole grains. Including sources of healthy fats such as avocados and olive oil in the diet is a good way to improve the ratio of high-density to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the blood. Patients with high blood pressure should pay close attention to their sodium intake and try not to exceed 2300 milligrams per day. They can do so by avoiding frozen meals and fast food, which tend to have excessive sodium. In addition, they can try to consume foods with high potassium content to balance out the sodium. Some high-potassium options are leafy green vegetables, bananas, and coconut water.