Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Garlic Cause Blood-Clotting Problems?

Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 09:55 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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 Question: Recent lab work showed that my blood platelet count was low. I eat garlic a lot and I heard this can cause low platelets. Is this true?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
A low platelet count is not likely caused by garlic in your diet. But it is probably best to stop the garlic and any other supplements that are non-prescribed until the cause of your low platelet level is determined and addressed by your doctor.
 
You should also avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents that are known to decrease platelet function. If follow-up tests of your platelet counts do not show an improvement, ask your doctor for a consultation with a hematologist.
 
This is also a good time to bring your doctor up to date with your medication and supplement use and concerns.

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