No greater risk of blood clots from flying economy class

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  1. rwoman
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    USAToday: No greater risk of blood clots from flying economy class

    What do you do to avoid health-related problems possibly associated with flying?

    I think hydration and getting up to move around are good common sense! I also typically use my running compression socks when traveling on most flights.

    :)
     
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    Getting up and moving around every so often is key. Glad I have my aisle seat!
     
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    Do you think it is really a good idea to post this on milepoint :)?

    Agree that hydration is the very most important point (and that means water)- also the less I eat on flights the better I feel on arrival (and that includes F and J)- there is something about eating + compression that don't work out very well in my case- also my colleagues have found the less they eat even during very longhaul the better they feel on arrival.
     
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    True - you never know how people might answer. ;)
     
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    I try desperately to always fly up front. :D :D :D
     
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    Water is definitely key. Usually I like having a couple drinks in the air, but on my last TATL flight I made a point to not drink any alcohol on the return and just drink as much water as possible. I'm surprised no one thought I was doing something bad going to the restroom so often, but it was worth it. Even with just 2 hours of sleep I felt a lot better than a normal return.

    +1
     
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    A summary of the journal article, originally published in the American College of Chest Physicians’ journal
    is available at:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...prit-mds-say/2012/02/07/gIQAWQDNwQ_story.html

    To me the key sentence is:

    "The average risk for a deep vein blood clot in the general population is about 1 per 1,000 each year. Long-haul travel doubles the chance, but still, the small risk should reassure healthy travelers that they’re unlikely to develop clots, said Dr. Susan Kahn, a co-author of the new guidelines and a professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal."

    DTWBOB
     
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  8. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Alright then, I guess that means I can stop this silly quest for status an award miles and rest comfortably in my 57K seat from now on. ;)
     
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    But how do they define average? Is it average to be up in an airplane for 100K+ miles each year? :eek:
     
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    After eating more than 15 different meals inflight, yes I think it is a good idea to eat less.. :) :p
     
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    Oops.. I should've stated plates, not meals.. :p
     
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    Perhaps you prefer to have multiple plates for one meal as oppose to just one? :p
     
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    It is difficult when you have 3 different meal types and dozens of sides.. :p

    ANA really did spoil me, and I did try almost the entire menu.. :D
     
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    Well, I have traveled with my good friend Jack for many years, (ok, decades) I see no reason to change just for the sake of change. Hydration, on airplanes is really, a pretty new word. I have often wondered why those FAs walking up and down those isles saying " water, water, water??) don't have a little square bottle stuck in their pockets? Makes that water taste a bit better. I have flown with a few good friends, on a first name basis with on quite a few flights. Jack, Johnny, and occasionally, Jim. They certainly do make waterrrrrrr, tastes so much better. And up to just a few years ago, hydration wasn't really a word associated with an enjoyable flight. You go to the ' Lav' whether its just water, or a mix of water and and a 'good friend'. I choose the ' good friend'. Just my 2 ¢ worth. :)
     
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    Well, if you got a fully catered flights with few pax on it, then why not.
     
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    my thought too, why test the theory!!! :D
     
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    Yes, but its bad for your health.. In a way.. ;)
     
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